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NCJ Number: 193312 Find in a Library
Title: Fatherhood Program Forges Links Between Probation and the Faith Community
Journal: Topics in Community Corrections  Dated:2001  Pages:37-39
Author(s): Bernard L. Fitzgerald
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 3
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the development and operation of Dorchester's (Massachusetts) Fatherhood Program, which has the goal of changing how men on probation handle their parental responsibilities, with the hope of breaking the cycle that puts them in the criminal justice system.
Abstract: The Fatherhood Program, which has been operating since 1997, involves the cooperation of the Asuza Christian Community, which provides a venue for the program. Asuza also provides a member of the team of facilitators and makes refreshments available to the group at its meetings. The intent of the program is to emphasize to young men on probation the importance of being present in the lives of their children. It allows fathers on probation to share experiences about the importance of the responsibilities of fatherhood. The program is based on five principles. As a father it is my responsibility to: give affection to my children; give gentle guidance to my children; provide financial support to my children and to their mother; demonstrate respect at all times to the mother of my children; and set a positive example for my children by living within the law and not abusing alcohol or drugs. Most of the 12 meetings are designed to teach and discuss the implications of each of these principles. Group members have an opportunity to discuss particular family situations that arise and how they should be handled. The main function of the group facilitators is to engage the participants in conversation about the issues of fatherhood.
Main Term(s): Community-based corrections (adult)
Index Term(s): Massachusetts; Parent education; Probation or parole services; Probationers; Probationers attitudes
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