Fathers in Home Visiting

In addition to the implementation evaluation of the Texas Home Visiting program (THV) and the Father Participation and Retention Evaluation (FPRE), Dr. Cynthia Osborne and the CFRP are conducting the Father Participation Evaluation (FPE). The objective of the Father Participation Evaluation is to develop a better understanding of the factors that influence fathers’ participation in home visiting, including both the family characteristics and the program factors that may affect father participation.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) prioritized increasing father engagement in home visiting programs as one of the competitive grant strategies because of research indicating that higher levels of paternal involvement are associated with positive outcomes for children across multiple developmental domains. Although research shows that fathers matter for child development, there is a lack of father participation in home visiting programs, and limited research on why and how fathers participate in the programs.

THV’s emphasis on engaging fathers in home visiting, and CFRP’s evaluation of father engagement in THV, presents an opportunity for Texas to inform practice among the national home visiting community about effective approaches for increasing father participation in home visiting. Texas is the only state to use MIECHV funding to evaluate father participation in home visiting programs.


Publications and Posts:

Title Type Date
Event: Texas Fatherhood Summit: Building the Evidence Base for Fatherhood Programs Event 2016 February
New Grant: Effectiveness of Fatherhood Programs in Texas News Post 2016 February
The Importance of Father Involvement Infographic 2015 June
The Top 5 Benefits of Home Visiting Programs Post 2015 June
A Father's Support: More To It Than Money News Post 2015 March
Increasing Father Participation in Evidence-Based Home Visiting Programs Powerpoint 2015 March
5 things you should know about Home Visiting in Texas: A Two-Generation Approach to Supporting Families Post 2014 December
The Importance of Fatherhood – Father's Day 2014 E-News 2014 June
New Fatherhood Research and Practice Network Launches News Post 2014 June
Increasing Father Participation in Home Visiting: Lessons from Mothers Brief 2014 May
How Unmarried Fathers Support Their Children News Post 2014 March
How Unmarried Fathers Support Their Children: A Study of Unmarried Parents Brief 2014 March
Fathers in the First Few Months: A Study of Unmarried Fathers and Their Children Brief 2014 February
Why Parents Establish Paternity Brief 2014 January
Who Establishes Paternity? Brief 2014 January
The Importance of Father Involvement Flyer – English 2013 October
La Importancia de un Padre que Participa Flyer – Spanish 2013 October
Portrait of Father Involvement and Support in the First Three Years after a Nonmarital Birth Report 2013 October
Involving Fathers in Home Visiting Programs: Lessons from the Dads Brief 2013 June

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