On March 21st, the Inside Out Dad program, facilitated by First State Community Action Agency through the National Fatherhood Initiative, held a graduation ceremony for ten fathers who completed the twelve week fatherhood program (six are pictured). The Inside Out Dad Program is the nation's only evidence-based fatherhood program developed specifically for incarcerated fathers. Through the program, Inmates of Sussex Work release learn to connect with their families by developing pro-fathering attitudes, knowledge, skills, and strategies to prepare fathers for release. All graduates have succeeded in developing the tools needed to become more involved, more responsible, and more committed in the lives of their children, thus providing increased motivation for them to get out and stay out.
The program is held at the Sussex Work Release every Tuesday from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM for 8 to 12 Weeks. All participants of Inside Out Dad are required to attend weekly sessions to cover topics such as communication, children’s growth, co-parenting etc. All participants received a certificate of completion once all required stipulations of the program were satisfied.