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:
- Home Visiting in Texas
- Family Retention in Home Visiting
- Father Involvement and Support
- Paternity Establishment in Texas
- OPRE’s Fatherhood Research and Practice Network