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What We Do

Fatherhood EFFECT (Educating Fathers for Empowering Children Tomorrow) programs provide parent education and resources to fathers. Beginning in fiscal year 2020, Fatherhood EFFECT’s scope expanded to include collaboration with community coalitions, encouraging organizations to increase the quality of supports targeted specifically at fathers and pivoting to explicitly include and support fathers across multiple programs in an organization or community.

Who we serve

Fathers and father figures to at least one child age 0-17.

Map of Providers and Communities

Map of Texas, showing providers across the state. For a text version of Fatherhood EFFECT providers, check the PEI Provider Directory.

For additional provider details, see the Fiscal Year 2021 PEI Provider Directory.

How We Measure Success

  • Children remain safe during services, within 1 year (99.4% in FY20) and 3 years (92.5% in FY20).
  • Increase in protective factors, such as family functioning and resiliency , social supports, and nurturing/attachment (92% of caregivers in FY20).

Program Data

  • Program Start Date: 2013
  • Target Number of Youth/Families Served Annually, FY21: 944
  • Average Number of Youth/ Families Served Per Month, FY20: 188
  • Counties Served: 9
  • Annual Budget for Community Contracts: $1,242,924
  • Total Number of Community Grantees: 7
  • Average Grantee Budget: $177,560

Fatherhood EFFECT Success Story

New Day Services for Children and Families, Tarrant County

Ian, a 22-year-old soon-to-be-father, was referred by a former participant in the Fatherhood EFFECT program. Ian reported that his girlfriend was pregnant and living with her parents and that he was unemployed and currently homeless. He expressed his desire to be a good father for his future child and wanted to receive education on how to be a father. Ian stated that he did not have the confidence to be a father because his own father had abandoned him in childhood, and he had suffered from several other traumatic experiences.

After attending several Nurturing Fatherhood classes, Ian reported that he had gained a lot of insight into how his family and his absent father affected his life. He also stated that speaking and sharing experiences and thoughts with other fathers helped him understand that he was not alone, that other fathers struggled with similar problems.

During the program Ian found a job and attributed his change of attitude about life and his new confidence in knowing he can be a good father to the Fatherhood program. Ian is saving money to prepare for the birth of his child, and he is in the planning stage of enrolling in a college to seek a degree in Computer Engineering. He credits the Fatherhood program with assisting him to gain the confidence to achieve goals and prepare to be a good father for his child.