Incarcerated Fathers


What difference does it make if a father in prison learns to be a better parent? It makes all the difference in the world to him, to his children, and ultimately, to society. Weak family relation-ships predict not only inmate recidivism but also intergenerational violence. The F.a.t.h.e.r. (Fathers Acting to Heal, Educate, and Reconnect) curriculum is designed to help men learn how to be effective, involved parents.

F.a.t.h.e.r. was developed at the request of the North Carolina Department of Correction. This innovative curriculum was created with extensive input from groups of inmate fathers, Department of Correction staff, and an experienced professional advisory committee. Trained community college instructors and prison staff field-tested the curriculum with North Carolina inmates at sites reflecting diversity in custody grade, age of inmate, type of facility, and geography.

The F.a.t.h.e.r. lessons are developed for use with a highly diverse group of inmate fathers – from young to old, expectant fathers to those who have grown children, those going home soon to those incarcerated for years, those with frequent contact with their children to those who rarely see their children. Given this diversity, the curriculum is guided by universal themes and by activities that encourage and enable fathers to reconnect with their children. All 10 lessons are correlated with the federally approved CASAS competencies for adult education.

In order to provide classes, staff need to attend the 2-day interactive F.a.t.h.e.r. training which teaches participants how to implement this highly successful instructional model and curriculum in correctional settings.

Training participants will 

  • Explore methods for incorporating parental concerns into instructional practice
  • Learn about the adult education, best practice research for the curriculum and instructional strategies
  • Examine assessment tools to maximize instruction and student success







Click here to download the Parenting for Incarcerated Fathers (Working with Incarcerated Fathers) PDF file.