Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $341,575)
The FY 2016 Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers, Young Mothers, and Their Children provides funding to support the successful transition of young fathers and mothers as they return to their families and communities from detention, out-of-home placement, or incarceration. This program funds coordinated and comprehensive strategies that incorporate (1) mentoring and transitional reentry services proven to reduce recidivism, (2) effective parenting skills development and parent/child relationship engagement for young fathers or mothers, and (3) private and community service partnerships that promote public safety and support added positive outcomes for young parents and their children.
The goal of the project is to facilitate successful reentry for citizens returning to their community and successful family reunification for young fathers (age 25 and younger) by providing life coaching and critical support services pre- and postrelease that will effectively resolve the identified personal challenges. Goodwill plans to serve at least 70 young fathers from the Baton Rouge area who went through the Capital Area Regional Reentry Center before being released to their communities. The targeted population that will be served are African American fathers age 25 and younger who are incarcerated in the greater Baton Rouge area and are participating in the Capital Area Reentry Regional Program. CA/NCF