This curriculum was designed by a California youth correctional agency to help young fathers in custody become more effective parents. The agency estimates that 20 percent of young men ages 13-25 in its custody are fathers and still more are father figures to children in their extended family. The curriculum was designed to be culturally sensitive and adaptable to the experience level of each class. Topics include: roles and responsibilities of parenting, communication, domestic violence, child development, discipline, health issues, parental drug use, nutrition, cleanliness, safety, impact of incarceration on the family, sexuality and family planning, child care, legal rights and responsibilities, parent and family goals, and family support resources. Child abuse is specifically addressed in the legal rights and responsibilities section, which reviews causes of abuse and neglect, signs of abuse, and reporting procedures. The training utilizes a variety of formats, such as group discussion, videos and films, written activities, lectures, tests, guest speakers, role play, individual work, and family participation. Sample exercises and handouts and a list of resources are provided in the curriculum manual. Document scanned.
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