Policy Briefs: Enhancing Collaborative Practice between DV & CPS Staff; Father Involvement Predictors

The University of Texas at Austin Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) released two briefs: one on initiatives to improve cross-system collaboration between domestic violence and CPS staff, and another on the predictors of father involvement.

In late 2015, four domestic violence centers across Texas began designing pilot initiatives to enhance their relationships with CPS. Overseen by the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) under the umbrella of Project S.A.F.E. (Survivors Are Fundamental to the Equation), the initiatives tested innovative new strategies, including joint trainings, designated liaisons to facilitate communication between agencies, and policy revisions to promote coordinated service delivery. The first year of Project S.A.F.E. has already yielded important lessons to inform the second year of the project, and other communities interested in improving collaboration between domestic violence centers and CPS. Read the CFRP policy brief.

As part of their Evidence-Base series, CFRP has also released a brief on the predictors of father involvement. Predictors include presence of a positive co-parenting relationship, fathers’ parenting skills and confidence, fathers’ beliefs surrounding fatherhood and the importance of father involvement, and more. Read The Evidence-Base: Predictors of Father Involvement.