Healthy Relationships Utah

Fatherhood Education For Justice-Involved Fathers

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Utah State University partners with the Department of Corrections to provide fatherhood education to justice-involved fathers. We use the InsideOut Dad®️ curriculum, an evidence-based fatherhood program.

The term "justice-involved" is used to describe multiple groups including incarcerated fathers, fathers involved with Utah's Adult Probation and Parole (AP&P) system, and fathers involved in the justice system in communities throughout Utah.

This program helps justice-involved fathers break the cycle of recidivism by developing pro-fathering attitudes, knowledge, and skills along with strategies to prepare fathers for release if they are incarcerated. Participants will learn about:

  • What it means to be a man.
  • The role of fathers and mothers.
  • Grief and loss, stress and anger.
  • Communication and discipline.
  • Co-parenting with a child's mother.

Justice-involved fathers get the tools they need to become more involved, responsible, and committed in the lives of their children -- providing increased motivation for them to get out and stay out.

*InsideOut Dad courses are for justice-involved fathers in Utah who are 18 or older, have children age 24 or younger, and are able to attend the entire 12-week course voluntarily.

When asked what they learned from this course, participants said:

"This class has given me hope that I can be the dad I never had. My mom was great but I needed my dad in my life. I now want to be there for my kids and protect them and provide for them.”

"If I would have had this class twenty years ago, I wouldn't be in jail today. I would have made so many different decisions."

"I've probably taken 150 classes here at the prison since I've been here. Your class was the best of all of them."

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