Children are more likely to lead healthy, successful lives when both their mother and father are actively involved in their lives in positive ways. Father presence matters, and CDR supports fathers through its family-centered approach to services.
Linkages: Building Strong Connections
Linkages: Building Strong Connections provides weekly parenting education sessions, one-on-one coaching, and family support services for incarcerated fathers and their families. Incarcerated fathers, many of whom are eager to be involved as fathers, often face multiple barriers to involvement with their children. Linkages sessions address parenting topics such as child growth and development, positive discipline, communication, and co-parenting. The program is operated in collaboration with Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Focus program and the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.
Family engagement is a cornerstone of CDR’s program. Engaging children’s fathers or other key male figures is essential for success.
To achieve engagement, a fatherhood consultant, himself a dad, works in partnership with a CDR family consultant to involve, educate, and empower fathers on how to be positive a force in their child’s life.
Many of the families enrolled in CDR are parented by single moms. The fatherhood consultant helps both mothers and fathers navigate the dynamics of their relationship so that the child benefits.
If the child’s father is not available, CDR staff work with the mother to help her identify a strong male role model to help meet the child’s needs.
Funding for this project was provided through Child Development Resources’ Investing in Fatherhood: New Pathways program and is supported by funds through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant #90FK0107-01-00 and VA Department of Social Services’ Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Program. These services are available to all persons regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion. Participation in these services is voluntary.