Final Implementation Findings from the Responsible Fatherhood Reentry Projects

Research Report

Final Implementation Findings from the Responsible Fatherhood Reentry Projects


Fathers recently released from correctional institutions have significant service needs and can face considerable barriers to meeting those needs as they reintegrate back to their communities. To help fathers achieve their reentry, self-sufficiency, and family goals, six Office of Family Assistance-funded Fatherhood Reentry programs employed unique approaches to providing parenting, relationship, and economic stability services to fathers and their families. This report describes the range of activities the programs implemented in correctional institutions and community-based locations and offers lessons based on the relative advantages and disadvantages of the programs’ different approaches to participant recruitment and enrollment, program and case management, and partner organization engagement and use. This report also details the programs’ partnerships for delivering services and their creative thinking when making midcourse adjustments to overcome implementation challenges. This report aims to inform implementation of family-focused reentry programs given the need for these types of services for justice-involved fathers.


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