Fathers Acting to Heal, Educate, and Reconnect (F.a.t.h.e.r.) is a parenting curriculum for use with incarcerated men. F.a.t.h.e.r. uses the power of books and story to help fathers in prison connect with their children, communicate from a distance, understand children’s reactions to incarceration, and learn about parent and child development.

This curriculum was created with extensive input from groups of inmate fathers, North Carolina Department of Correction staff, and an experienced professional advisory committee. The 10-lesson curriculum is designed to be used by a highly diverse group of students – from young fathers to older fathers, 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 lessons are guided by universal themes and by activities that encourage and enable fathers to reconnect with their children. Topics include: Understanding Children’s Reactions to Incarceration, Communicating from a Distance, Understanding Parent and Child Development, and Building Self-Esteem. This curriculum is available only as part of the F.a.t.h.e.r. (Fathers Acting to Heal, Educate and Reconnect) training.