All of the MFS-IP grantees delivered family-strengthening services to men incarcerated in correctional facilities and provided some programming to the spouses or committed partners of these men (Table 1). Most of the programs selected commercially available curricula, including the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), Caring for My Family, Exploring Healthy Relationships and Marriage with Fragile Families, Married and Loving It, Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills (PAIRS), and Couple Communication. Two sites delivered in-house curricula specifically designed for use with their target populations: Back to the Family, developed by Centerforce staff, and Keeping FAITH, developed by RIDGE Project staff.
|Grantee||Key Services Offered to Partners|
|Centerforce||Relationship and parenting skills workshops (individual and group), case management, coaching|
|Child and Family Services of New Hampshire (NH CFS)||Couples marriage/relationship education seminars, family reentry planning|
|Indiana Department of Correction (IN DOC)||Couples marriage/relationship education seminars|
|Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota (SD LSS)||Couples marriage/relationship education seminars, case management|
|Maryland Department of Human Resources (MD DHR)||Marriage/relationship education courses, parenting skills development, employment assistance|
|Minnesota Council on Crime and Justice (MN CCJ)||Marriage/relationship education courses, case management, parenting education, financial skills education, housing placement assistance, employment assistance|
|New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJ DOC)||Couples marriage/relationship education courses, case management, parenting education, financial skills education|
|Oakland Livingston Human Services Association (OLHSA)||Couples marriage/relationship education courses, family reunification planning, case management, parenting education, crisis intervention, support groups|
|Osborne Association||Couples marriage/relationship education seminars, couples counseling|
|Texas Arms of Love, d.b.a. People of Principle (TX POP)||Couples marriage/relationship education seminars|
|RIDGE Project (OH RIDGE)||Couples marriage/relationship education courses, support groups, mentoring|
|Shelby County Division of Correction (SCDOC)||Couples marriage/relationship education courses, case management|
All of these curricula address the three basic components of marriage/relationship education as required by OFA: improving communication between couples, improving individual couples' ability to resolve their conflicts, and strengthening a couple's commitment to increasing marital or relationship stability. As an example of curriculum content, the text box provides information about the PREP curricula, which six grantees chose to use.
|Six MFS-IP grantees chose to use PREP's Within My Reach or Within Our Reach curricula, which are specifically targeted to low-income families, for their marriage/relationship education courses or weekend seminars.
Most grantees offered couples-based programming, with partners coming into the correctional facilities. However, a few offered parallel programming, serving partners in the community and serving fathers in correctional facilities. Programs generally provided relationship education to the father and his partner, some also provided parenting skills workshops, and some included financial skills development or employment workshops. A number of grantees also provided certain program components, such as case management, to both members of the couple jointly in the community following the release of the incarcerated partner.
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