Supporting Fathers and Families Impacted by Incarceration

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Publication Date
January 10, 2017

The number of fathers in U.S. jails and prisons has increased four-fold since 1980.  Ninety-two percent of the more than 800,000 incarcerated parents in federal and state prisons are fathers.  Each year, nearly 700,000 prisoners are released from state and federal facilities, and many more are cycled through local jail facilities. As they return to their families and communities, they may face challenges in various areas, such as establishing and maintaining healthy relationships, acquiring relevant job skills, obtaining employment, locating safe and stable housing, managing child support obligations, receiving adequate health care, and understanding their voting and general citizenship rights.

Approximately 10 million children in the United States are affected by current or past parental involvement with the criminal justice system; they tend to suffer from stress, trauma, and stigmatization; and often exhibit a broad variety of behavioral, emotional, health, and educational problems that are compounded by the pain of separation.  Families and caregivers are also subject to emotional, financial, and physical stress and often struggle with conflicting expectations when the parent returns.

On January 25, 2017 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m., the NRFC will be offering a free Technical Assistance Webinar for all responsible fatherhood practitioners, including current OFA grantees, and other interested stakeholders on the topic of “Supporting Fathers and Families Impacted by Incarceration.”

Register to join the webinar here!

This webinar will offer tips on how fatherhood programs can work to improve outcomes for incarcerated fathers and their families and present examples of programs that are helping fathers as they return to their families and communities.

The webinar will feature presentations from Ann Adalist-Estrin, Director, The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated; Mary Weaver, Dad’s Back!, Friends Outside Los Angeles (FOLA); and, Tina Naidoo, Executive Director, Texas Offender Reentry Initiative.  The session will be moderated by Eugene Schneeberg of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse.

Cover topics including:

  • The impact of incarceration on children and families.
  • Barriers and challenges facing fathers as they return to the community.
  • Strategies to help incarcerated fathers focus on parenting, relationship and employment skills prior to community reentry.
  • Ways to respond to the needs of children and families of incarcerated fathers.
  • Programs that are helping fathers as they return to the community.
  • Resources for more information, including a new section of the NRFC’s Responsible Fatherhood Toolkit.

Be sure to join us on January 25th!

Interested in additional resources on working with families impacted by incarceration? Check out audio, transcript, and slides from our 2012 webinar on Effective Strategies for Working with Fathers Returning from Prison, our For Your Fathers, Incarceration & Reentry page, and search for research and resources in our virtual library.

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