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National Fatherhood Initiative's InsideOut Dad

Health Factors: Family & Social Support
Decision Makers: Local Government State Government Federal Government Public Health Professionals & Advocates
Evidence Rating: Insufficient Evidence
Population Reach: <1% of WI's population
Impact on Disparities: Likely to decrease disparities

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Description

InsideOut Dad is a program designed to connect incarcerated fathers to their families and prepare them for release. Facilitators guide a small group of inmates through 12 core education and activity sessions designed to strengthen fathering knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors (CEBC).

Expected Beneficial Outcomes

Reduced recidivism
Improved family functioning
Improved parenting
Increased self-confidence
Improved parent-child interaction

Evidence of Effectiveness

There is insufficient evidence to determine whether InsideOut Dad decreases recidivism or strengthens families (CEBC). Available evidence suggests that program participants may improve knowledge of and attitudes toward parenting, self-confidence, and father/child contact (Block 2014). Additional evidence is needed to confirm effects. 

Implementation

United States

InsideOut Dad is supported by the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI). As of 2013, more than 20 states have selected InsideOut Dad as the preferred parenting program for male correctional facilities (Block 2014).

Citations - Description

CEBC - California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC). Information and resources for child welfare professionals: List of programs. Accessed on March 17, 2017

Citations - Evidence

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. Accessed on December 11, 2015
CEBC - California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC). Information and resources for child welfare professionals: List of programs. Accessed on March 17, 2017

Citations - Implementation

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. Accessed on December 11, 2015
NFI - National Fatherhood Initiative. Accessed on March 3, 2016

Page Last Updated

December 11, 2015

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