Bringing Partners into the Picture: Family-Strenghtening Programming for Incarcerated Fathers. "How many times do I need to do this?"


Some of the same obstacles that prevented women from enrolling in programming also hindered retention. Uncertainty about pending commitments (such as retail and service industry work schedules) prevented some partners from being able to commit to attending until the last minute, and a variety of emergent situations often interfered with the participation of others who had committed in advance.

Program Solutions
Program Solution: Geographic Dispersion of Partners in the Community

Several grantees that served partners residing in a wide geographic area offered a one-time seminar format. This minimized travel and made the commitment manageable for partners who did not have time for multiple program activities or weekly class sessions.

Program Solution: Competing Time Commitments

Many grantees provided participants and partners with incentives. As part of the Maryland program, partners in the community received $25 Target gift cards, and incarcerated men received 10 additional hours of family visitation time.

Program Solution: Lack of Child Care

In its program design, the Tennessee grantee planned for some of its partner programming to coincide with child-friendly visitation activities for fathers and their children.

Program Solution: Lack of Affordable Transportation

Grantees provided various forms of transportation assistance to participating partners, including bus passes, gas cards, travel expense reimbursement, and prearranged group transportation. Some programs also assisted partners with expenses for food, lodging, and child care so that they could attend program activities.

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