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January 10, 2017

The number of fathers in U.S. jails and prisons has increased four-fold since 1980.  Ninety-two percent of the more than 800,000 incarcerated parents in federal and state prisons are fathers.  Each year, nearly 700,000 prisoners are released from state and federal facilities, and many more are cycled through local jail facilities. As they return to their families and communities, they may face challenges in various areas, such as establishing... Continue Reading

May 02, 2016

The Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently released Focus,with six articles that examine the issues of paternal incarceration and its affects on fathers and their children during and after imprisonment.  The issue of parental incarceration is of great concern for several reasons.  First and foremost is the sheer numbers: On any given day in America, it is estimated that more than 1.7 million children... Continue Reading

April 27, 2016

In addition to the obstacles that almost all former offenders are faced with, men who have children encounter an especially difficult set of hurdles, when reentering society. As someone who has worked on the issue of re-entry in numerous capacities, and as the older sister of three brothers who have been incarcerated, I have developed a deeper understanding of the supports needed by these fathers to help them succeed as parents, both during... Continue Reading

April 26, 2016

The effects of incarceration are felt far beyond prison walls.  New research estimates that more than 5 million children, or 7% of all children in the United States, have had a parent in prison at some point during their childhood.  Every year more than 600,000 individuals return to our neighborhoods after serving time in federal and state prisons and another 11.4 million cycle through local jails.  Though every family’s story is different,... Continue Reading

December 16, 2013

Ed. Note: This post first appeared on the ACF website. Read the original story here.

The Johnson family had been going through an ordeal. Mr. Johnson was serving time while his wife and two sons had to deal with humiliation, shame and social stigma after newspapers flashed their story into thousands of homes.

When the RIDGE Project conducted a presentation at the institution where Mr. Johnson was incarcerated, he decided to... Continue Reading

September 17, 2013

Wally Flores, 28, is scheduled to be released from a correctional center early next year.  Upon his release he will live with family members, including his father and maternal aunt, who raised him after his mother passed.  Flores is engaged to be married to his fiancé who has stood by him for over a decade and through two incarcerations.  Together they have two children, and also help to raise Flores’ 10 year old son from a previous... Continue Reading

September 10, 2013

In just a few short weeks, Antonio* went from being a client receiving fatherhood services to an advocate to the community about the importance of fathers and families. 

Antonio attended the Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLFC) Fatherhood Program within Jefferson County Reentry Fatherhood Initiative. Antonio often spoke about his hair-cutting abilities. After completing the program, Antonio found the confidence to open his own... Continue Reading

July 22, 2013

Change is inevitable. But, with the right support system, positive change can occur.  

Justin Calabrese made a commitment to turn his life around for the better. With the support of the Center for Self Sufficiency (CFSS), he is making good on his promise. 

While incarcerated in a correctional facility just south of Milwaukee, Justin met his mentor, Tarvus Hawthorne through the CFSS Project 180 program.  This is a federally... Continue Reading

July 08, 2013

What would it take for a 34-year-old homeless, dual-diagnosed, twice incarcerated father of two who has battled alcoholism since his youth, to find hope and courage to reconnect with his kids, his family, and society? Well, one father we will refer to as J.F. has chosen to take full advantage of Anthem Strong Families (ASF) support and is on the journey to answer this question.

J.F. was introduced to the ASF program while incarcerated... Continue Reading

June 28, 2013

Ed. Note: This post originially appeared on the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.

 

The stories are heartbreaking. Parents hauled off to jail in front of their children who were left traumatized. Sons and daughters left wondering if their mothers and fathers still loved them. Spouses making their children lie about their mommy or daddy in prison to avoid stigma. Youth left to fend for themselves because there... Continue Reading