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Breaking the Cycle: Becoming Better Fathers through Supportive Fatherhood Programs in Texas
Child and Family Research Partnership
When fathers are actively engaged in their children’s lives, their children experience improved mental, emotional, educational, and social outcomes. The Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Division of the Texas Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) launched the Fatherhood EFFECT program in 2015 to encourage and support healthy father engagement through providing evidence-based fatherhood programs in three communities across the state. The Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) is evaluating the success of the EFFECT program through a mixed-method approach. One method to accomplish this aim is to listen to the fathers being served by the programs to learn how they benefit and what they recommend to improve the programs. This policy brief summarizes findings from three focus groups with fathers who were past and current participants in each program. (Author abstract)

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