InsideOut Dad®

Program Description

Specifically developed for the challenges incarcerated fathers face, InsideOut Dad® is an evidence-based program that connects incarcerated fathers to their children while they’re on the inside and prepares them for reentry when they get out. Research indicates that when inmates are connected to their family prior to release, they are less likely to return to prison.

Independent research has found that InsideOut Dad® increases fathers’ contact with children and develops pro-fathering knowledge, attitudes, and skills. Hundreds of federal, state, and local corrections facilities—and transitional programs run by community-based organizations—use this life-changing program. Research has also found that the program can, when combined with other cognitive-behavioral interventions, contribute to a reduction in recidivism rates.

Program Delivery

Delivered in a group setting by a facilitator(s).

You can also modify it for delivery in one-on-one case management.

Number of Sessions

InsideOut Dad® has 12 core sessions and

6 optional reentry sessions, each lasting approximately 2 hours. 

Topics Covered

• Introduction

• Family History and the InsideOut Dad

• What It Means to Be a Man

• Showing and Handling Feelings

• Men’s Health

• Fathering from the Inside

• Communication

• The Father’s Role

• Children’s Growth

• Discipline

• Working with Mom and Co-Parenting

• Change and Impact


InsideOut Dad® covers 6 (optional) reentry topics:

• Fathering on the Outside

• Responsibilities and Child Support

• Visits Upon Release

• Communication Patterns

• Safe Communication

• Money Management

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