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Creating a Trauma-Informed System of Care for Formerly Incarcerated Dads

Publication Year: 
2019
Personal Author: 
Robin Dion
Melissa Azur
Michaella Morzuch
and Lareina LaFlair
Corporate Author: 
Office for Planning Research and Evaluation. Administration for Children and Families. Mathematica Policy Research.
Page Count: 
22

Many responsible fatherhood program participants have incarceration histories (Dion et al. 2018). Evidence is growing that many men with incarceration histories have experienced trauma early in and/or throughout life, and that experiencing trauma may complicate their efforts to reconnect with and support their families after incarceration. The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) provided support for fathers in 2015 through two funding streams that are part of the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) discretionary grant program. OFA awarded grants to community-based organizations for services specifically tailored to the needs of fathers in the process of transitioning from incarceration to their families and communities, known as the Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Re-entry and Mobility (ReFORM) programs. OFA also awarded grants for programs that serve fathers without regard to incarceration status or history, known as the New Pathways for Fathers and Families (NPFF) programs, more generally known as responsible fatherhood programs. As part of the Parents and Children Together evaluation, funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Mathematica undertook a study of how trauma-informed approaches may be incorporated into Responsible Fatherhood programs for formerly incarcerated fathers