2017 Texas Fatherhood Summit

April 12, 2017cfrp, events, fathers


The second annual Texas Fatherhood Summit: Strengthening Services to Support Fathers hosted by the Child and Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Texas DFPS Prevention and Early Intervention Division was held on March 24, 2017.

Fathers play an important, but often unrecognized role in their child’s healthy development. Most social programs aimed at strengthening families target mothers and often neglect or ignore fathers. The Texas Fatherhood Summit brings together experts in the field of fatherhood programs and research to push forward a better understanding of how to effectively support fathers to enhance their children’s wellbeing.

CynthiaOsborne_cropwebThe Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) is a leader in its work on program evaluation and building the evidence base on fatherhood programs. It is the go-to resource for national and state policymakers and organizations who work with the most vulnerable children and families because of its rigor, expertise, and partnerships.

“Decades ago we learned that in order to have healthy child outcomes, we needed to have a healthy mom,” said CFRP director and policy professor, Dr. Cynthia Osborne. “Today, we are building a consensus that a healthy father is imperative to this equation as well.”

The 2017 Texas Fatherhood Summit brought together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in the field of fatherhood. The theme of the 2017 Texas Fatherhood Summit was “Strengthening Services to Support Fathers”. Speakers discussed the challenges and opportunities in recruiting, providing services, and retaining fathers in programs. Experts discussed what the research shows on how to know if programs are really working, and providers also shared lessons learned.


Click here for additional photos, videos, presentations, and other resources from the 2017 Texas Fatherhood Summit. Click here to learn more about CFRP’s extensive fatherhood research. To be the first to find out when next year’s event is scheduled, sign up for our Fatherhood Summit email list.