A child’s father plays a very important role in the future of that child. Research shows that underlying many of society’s most pressing challenges today is the lack of paternal involvement, and children with more involved fathers experience fewer behavioral problems and score higher on achievement tests.


Tools For Serving Fathers

  • National Fatherhood Initiative
    • Free downloadable resources including guides to training staff to connect with fathers, and resources to provide to fathers and families you serve.


Local Father Support Programs and Resources

Avance – Services to Fathers

Services to Fathers is a component of the Parent-Child Program that addresses the Five Protective Factors that ensure the healthy well-being of children and their families. The program promotes a father’s involvement in their child’s development through parenting, early childhood education and support. In addition, couples can learn about anger & stress management, domestic violence prevention, how to express their emotions in a positive manner and be given the support and opportunity to achieve their goals.


The Children’s Shelter – Compadre y Compadre

Compadre Y Compadre® exists to strengthen fathers in their role as caregiver, provider, teacher and hero. Fathers come together in a group setting to build their knowledge and skills, which help develop strong nurturing relationships with their children and family. The program enrolls fathers of all ages – including grandfathers and stepfathers. Upon completion, participants can enroll in the Mentor program and become a Compadre to incoming dads.


San Antonio Fatherhood Campaign

The San Antonio Fatherhood Campaign facilitates the delivery of a broad network of services for disconnected fathers who want to improve their capacity to provide financial and social supports for their children. Activities also assist fathers in overcoming obstacles and barriers that may prohibit them from being the most effective and nurturing parents possible.



  • National Fatherhood Initiative
    • National Fatherhood Initiative® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to reverse our nation’s trend towards father absence.
  • UT Austin Child and family Research Partnership
    • The Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) is an independent, nonpartisan research group at the LBJ School of Public Affairsat The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in issues related to young children, teens, and their parents.