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2017 Texas Fatherhood Summit

April 12, 2017cfrp, events, fathers

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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. The event was held as part of CFRP’s partnership with the state to develop a comprehensive approach to supporting fathers and strengthening Texas families.

The 2017 Texas Fatherhood Summit brought together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in the field of fatherhood from all over the state and country. The theme of this year’s Summit was “Strengthening Services to Support Fathers.” Speakers discussed the challenges and opportunities in recruiting, providing services, and retaining fathers in programs. CFRP shared what the research shows on how to know if programs are really working, and providers shared lessons learned as they support Texas dads.

 

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CFRP Co-Sponsoring Council of Contemporary Families Conference

February 2, 2016demographics, events, family instability

Council of Contemporary Families Conference: Families as They Really Are: Demographics, Disparities, and Debates

March 4-5, 2016 | UT  Austin
Liberal Arts Building | 118 Inner Campus Drive

The Child and Family Research Partnership at the LBJ School is proud to co-sponsor a fantastic conference hosted by colleagues at the Council of Contemporary Families (CCF) at The University of Texas at Austin this Friday and Saturday, March 4-5. CCF’s 2016 conference’s theme is “Families as They Really Are: Demographics, Disparities, and Debates.” This two-day event for researchers, clinicians, non-profit professionals, and journalists includes interactive panels and workshops about the state of contemporary families. Professor Wendy Manning (Bowling Green State University) and Professor Dolores Acevedo-Garcia (Brandeis University) will give keynote addresses. Click for registration information and the event program.

 

CFRP Event – Texas Fatherhood Summit: Building the Evidence Base for Fatherhood Programs on Feb. 3

January 14, 2016events, fathers, home visiting, mothers, paternity

 

UPDATE: Find all post-event links and resources at http://www.childandfamilyresearch.org/about/texas-fatherhood-summit-2016/

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – The University of Texas at Austin, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

Registration: txfatherhoodsummit.eventbrite.com

The Child and Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Texas DFPS’ Prevention and Early Intervention division are hosting the “Texas Fatherhood Summit: Building the Evidence Base for Fatherhood Programs” in Austin, Texas. The Summit brings together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in the field of fatherhood to exchange ideas and assess the state of fatherhood programs throughout the country.

We are honored to have national fatherhood expert Dr. Ronald Mincy as our keynote speaker. Dr. Mincy is the Director of the Center for Research on Fathers, Children and Family Well-Being and Social Policy Professor at Columbia University. He will speak on the importance of fathers in their children’s lives and why research in this field is so critical. Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Director of The University of Texas at Austin’s Child and Family Research Partnership will also present an overview of the strategies for evaluating and building a comprehensive evidence base.

The Summit will include a series of panels for perspectives from the national, state, and provider levels on what the evidence says about fatherhood programs and the impact on future policy decisions. The top national fatherhood program evaluators from Mathematica, MDRC, and the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN) will talk about what questions they are trying to answer about fathers and their preliminary findings. Policy leaders from state agencies from Texas will discuss the landscape of their state-wide fatherhood initiatives as examples for the nation. Then, fatherhood program providers will share their invaluable work of supporting fathers in the communities.

 

AGENDA 

 

 

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Session

7:30am – 8:45am Breakfast Provided
7:30am – 9:00am Check-In
9:00am – 10:15am Introduction:
  • Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director The University of Texas at Austin’s Child and Family Research Partnership
  • Sasha Rasco, Director of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ Prevention and Early Intervention

Keynote Speaker:

  • Ron Mincy, Ph.D., Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice at the Columbia University School of Social Work, and a co-principal investigator of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study

10:15am-10:30amBreak10:30am – 12 noonIntroduction to Fatherhood Program Research:

  • Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director The University of Texas at Austin’s Child and Family Research Partnership

National Panel on Fatherhood Research and Evaluation:

  • Moderated by Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D.
  • Robin Dion, Senior Fellow at Mathematica Policy Research
  • Virginia Knox, Ph.D., Director of Families and Children at MDRC
  • Jessica Pearson, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network and Director of the Center for Policy Research

12:00pm – 1:00pmLunch Provided1:00pm  – 2:45pmState Panel on Investing in Texas Fathers:

  • Moderated by Sasha Rasco, Director of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ Prevention and Early Intervention
  • Krista Del Gallo, Policy Manager at the Texas Council on Family Violence
  • Noelita Lugo, Director of Family Initiatives at the Texas Office of the Attorney General
  • Nicole Murry, Healthy Texas Babies Nurse Consultant at the Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Kenneth Thompson, Fatherhood Program Specialist at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

2:45pm-3:00pmBreak3:00pm – 4:30pmProvider Panel on Supporting Fathers in the Communities:

  • Moderated by Michael Hayes, Senior Programs Manager at the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Child Support Enforcement
  • Russell Booth, Fatherhood EFFECT Educator at the Child Crisis Center of El Paso
  • Martin Castaneda, Fatherhood Engagement Coordinator at UT Permian Basin’s Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support (HOPES)
  • Nakia Edwards, Assistant Director of Workforce and Family Strengthening at AVANCE Houston
  • Tommy Jordan, Executive Director at NewDay Services for Children and Families

4:30pm – 5:00pmBuilding the Evidence Base in Texas:

  • Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director The University of Texas at Austin’s Child and Family Research Partnership

5:00pm – 6:00pmNetworking Reception (Tejas Dining Room)

 

EVENT HASHTAGS - We encourage everyone to tweet now and during the Summit with the event hashtags: #TXdads2016 #fatherhood. You can start now and let people know you’re coming – follow/tag the Child and Family Research Partnership at @CFRPlbj and we’ll retweet you!

SUMMIT LOCATION AND ROOM - The Summit, including breakfast and lunch, will be held in the Ballroom/Salon C on the third floor of conference side of the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center (1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705). Click here for the Google Map link to AT&T. Breakfast and check-in begin at 7:30am, and the program begins at 9:00am.

PARKING - Free on-site event parking will be provided – you must park in the parking garage at AT&T. The AT&T parking garage entrance is on the north side of the building off W. 20th Street (see photo below). Please keep your paper ticket, and at check-in, it can be exchanged for a free parking pass to be used when you exit. [Please Note: Free parking passes are provided only for parking on-site at AT&T. Attendees are responsible for parking off-site in nearby garages.]

For full details and registration, go to txfatherhoodsummit.eventbrite.com.

Please contact cfrp@austin.utexas.edu  if you have questions.

 

The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation

October 16, 2015cfrp, early childhood, events

 

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The U.S. is a can-do nation. So why has child wellbeing in the U.S. fallen to 26th out of 29 nations? How does what Paul Kershaw calls the “growing squeeze” on parents and caregivers for time, money and resources alter the architecture of the developing brain of our infants? What are the potential consequences for individual learning, earning and mental and physical health? For the future health, prosperity and equity of the nation? And how might we do better? These are some of the questions that are explored in the signature episode of the five-part documentary series, The Raising of America.

CFRP hosted a screening of the powerful signature episode on October 15, 2015 at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, with special guest Dr. Libby Doggett. The RSVP list was impressive and ranged from education leaders from teachers to superintendents; staff and directors of high level non-profit organizations, state policymakers and program leaders; researchers and professors from multiple disciplines; and our future leaders, graduate students.

CFRP Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne asked Dr. Libby Doggett about the challenges and successes our country has had in early childhood as well as what future policies may look like. Dr. Doggett then challenged each attendee to not just be inspired by what they saw in The Raising of America, but to take action.

Dr. Doggett asked what ideas the audience had to influence and spur change in how our country and society care for our children and families. Responses included stressing the importance of actually turning up to vote in local and state elections, especially by our younger generations; partnering with business leaders not just for funding but to influence at the policy level; and pushing education leaders to get active and involved in the legislative process.

We thank Dr. Doggett for all her amazing work and for inspiring us with her passion and skills to make real impact on family and education policy.

For more about The Raising of America, as well as related early childhood briefs and materials from the Child and Family Research Partnership, please see resource list below.

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HUD Secretary Julián Castro at The LBJ School: #HUDat50 #LBJHUD50

September 10, 2015cfrp, events, osborne

The LBJ School of Public Affairs was honored to host HUD Secretary Julián Castro yesterday as he commemorated (to the day) the 50th Anniversary of the creation of HUD by President Johnson. CFRP Director Cynthia Osborne met Secretary Castro after his inspirational address, and our own Graduate Research Assistant Jose Vazquez (red and blue shirt) was selected to participate in a small student discussion. If you missed Secretary Castro’s talk, you can see it now at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/72832936…

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Secretary Julián Castro giving his address

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Angela Evans, Sherri Greenburg, CFRP Director Cynthia Osborne, Secretary Julián Castro, David Springer

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Secretary Julián Castro and LBJ School Dean Bob Wilson

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Angela Evans and Secretary Julián Castro with group of LBJ Students

 

4/28/15 Event at the Capitol: A Bold New Agenda by the Next Generation of Leaders

April 22, 2015events, lbj, osborne

The Honorable Sen. Rodney Ellis is hosting “Ensuring Sustainable Employment – A Bold New Agenda,” a presentation by LBJ graduate students at the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday, April 28 at 12:15 p.m. in Legislative Conference Room E2.002A. The students are in CFRP Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne‘s Policy Research Project (PRP) class and will share their yearlong research on specific policy objectives of the “new war on poverty” and unveil bold ideas for increasing sustainable employment among Texans and Americans.

We hope you can join us for this exciting kick-off of a bold new agenda by the next generation of leaders! Lunch will be provided.

For more about the PRP, including videos, please go to 2014-2015 Policy Research Project.

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Event info:

Ensuring Sustainable Employment – A Bold New Agenda at The Texas State Capitol

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | 12:15pm – 2:00pm
Texas State Capitol | Legislative Conference Room E2.002A

Lunch will be provided.

Enter through Capitol then take the north with elevators to Level E2. Proceed through the circular Seal Court and the Legislative Conference Center will be the first door on the right.

Parking is available in the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage at 1201 San Jacinto located between Trinity and San Jacinto Streets at 12th and 13th Streets. Parking is free for the first two hours and $1.00 for each half hour thereafter (maximum daily charge: $8.00); accessible parking is available with accessible routes to the Capitol. Metered spaces are available throughout the complex.

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Post Event Wrap-up: Toxic Stress and Early Childhood

November 18, 2014cfrp, early childhood, events, home visiting, toxic_stress

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Toxic Stress and Early Childhood: What Policy Makers and Funders Need to Know

Friday, November 14, 2014 – Texas State Capitol Auditorium & Legislative Conference Center

The Child and Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, TexProtects, and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) co-hosted the event to inform policy makers, professionals, and academics about the impacts of early childhood adversity on physiological development.

Opening remarks were provided by Representative John Zerwas (Texas House of Representatives, District 28), and the the keynote speaker was Dr. Andrew Garner, one of the nation’s leading pediatric neuroscientists studying the effects of toxic stress on early brain development.

Sasha Rasco (Director of Prevention and Early Intervention and Contract Performance, DFPS), Sarah Abrahams (Director of Health Coordination and Consumer Services, HHSC), Madeline McClure (Executive Director, TexProtects), and Associate Professor and CFRP Director, Cynthia Osborne provided insights on the implications for Texas children and families.

Presentations from the event:

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Please contact info@childandfamilyresearch.org if you have questions.

Special Event – Toxic Stress and Early Childhood: What Policy Makers and Funders Need to Know

October 24, 2014cfrp, early childhood, events, toxic_stress

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Toxic Stress and Early Childhood: What Policy Makers and Funders Need to Know

Friday, November 14, 2014 – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Texas State Capitol Auditorium & Legislative Conference Center | 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

The Child & Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, TexProtects, and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission are hosting this special event. Opening remarks will be provided by Representative John Zerwas (Texas House of Representatives, District 28). Our keynote speaker is Dr. Andrew Garner, one of the nation’s leading pediatric neuroscientists studying the effects of toxic stress on early brain development.

Lunch is provided. Click here to register. Click for parking and event maps.

Want to know more about Toxic Stress and Early Childhood before the event? CFRP has developed a couple of handy resources - Toxic Stress 101 Storify with links to research and news stories on the topic and an easy to read Toxic Stress infographic.

AGENDA

Morning Sessions – Texas Capitol Auditorium (E1.004)

8:45 – 9:15 am

Check-in (outside Auditorium)

9:15 – 9:30 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks - Representative John Zerwas, District 28

9:30 – 11:00 am

Peering into the Black Box: Understanding the Link Between Significant Adversity or Violence in Childhood and Poor Adult Outcomes - Dr. Andrew Garner, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.P

11:00 – 11:25 am

Question & Answer Session
Afternoon Sessions – Legislative Conference Center (E2.002)                     

11:30 pm

Lunch Provided

11:30 – 12:00 pm

Agency Presentations – HHSC/DFPS Prevention Initiatives - Sarah Abrahams, Health and Human Services Commission; Sasha Rasco, Department of Family and Protective Services

12:00 – 12:15 pm

Early Findings of the Texas Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program - Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D., Child & Family Research Partnership at UT Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs

12:15 – 12:45 pm

Progress of Home Visiting in Texas - Sophie Phillips & Madeline McClure, TexProtects

12:45 – 1:00 pm

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More about Dr. Andrew Garner

Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP, is a primary care pediatrician with the University Hospital Medical Practices and Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. A vocal advocate for investments in families with young children, Dr. Garner is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), both at the chapter level, as well as nationally. He is vice president and president-elect for the Ohio AAP Chapter and is the chair of the AAP Early Brain and Child Development Leadership Work Group, as well as a member of the AAP Epigenetics and Poverty and Child Health Leadership Work Groups, two other AAP strategic priority areas. He also served as a member of the national AAP Committee on the Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health. In addition to his medical degree in pediatrics, Dr. Garner also holds a doctorate in neuroscience, both from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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