InsideOut Dad is a program designed to connect incarcerated fathers to their families and prepare them for release. Facilitators meet weekly with a small group of inmates and guide them through 12 core education and 4 optional reentry sessions that address fathering knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors1.
Expected Beneficial Outcomes (Rated)
Improved family functioning
Other Potential Beneficial Outcomes
Improved parent-child interaction
Evidence of Effectiveness
There is insufficient evidence to determine whether InsideOut Dad decreases recidivism or strengthens families1. Available evidence suggests that program participants may improve knowledge of and attitudes toward parenting, self-confidence, and father/child contact2. Additional evidence is needed to confirm effects.
Impact on Disparities
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1 CEBC - California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC). Information and resources for child welfare professionals: List of programs.
2 Block 2014* - Block S, Brown CA, Barretti LM. A mixed-method assessment of a parenting program for incarcerated fathers. Journal of Correctional Education. 2014; 65(1):50-68.
3 NFI - National Fatherhood Initiative.
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