InsideOut Dad®

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Scientific Rating:
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. InsideOut Dad® has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Father Involvement Interventions, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Incarcerated fathers with children 18 years old and younger, designed specifically for the issues/challenges faced by incarcerated fathers (e.g., challenge of successful reentry)

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 18

Brief Description

InsideOut Dad® strives to increase inmates’ contact with their children and improve inmates’ awareness, knowledge, and attitudes about being an involved, responsible, and committed father. It includes 12 core sessions and 4 optional reentry sessions that allow facilitators to customize the program for the unique needs of the fathers they serve. The optional reentry sessions help fathers develop a plan for connecting or reconnecting with their children and mother of their children, if possible. The program includes an evaluation tool (questionnaire) that allows facilitators to measure changes in fathers as a result of participating in the program. InsideOut Dad® has been used in state and federal facilities, pre-release programs, and community organizations, among others.

Program Goals:

The goals of InsideOut Dad® are:

  • Increase awareness among fathers about the elements to being good fathers
  • Increase knowledge among fathers about the elements to being good fathers
  • Increase capacity or skills to carry out what the fathers learn include better skills in caring for children and building relationships with the mother of their children while the father is still incarcerated

Contact Information

Christopher A. Brown, MA
Agency/Affiliation: National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI)
Phone: (301) 948-0599
Fax: (301) 948-4325

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2011