Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $342,858)
The 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 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.
Change Happens Young Fathers CAN (Create A New Beginning) Program will provide comprehensive reentry support services that address the successful and safe transition of 75 young fathers from incarceration to their families and communities. The program will target offenders who are fathers up to age 24 who reside in three Harris County Juvenile Probation Department facilities and also target young adult fathers incarcerated with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice facilities in Harris County. Program strategies involve intensive case management that includes intake, assessment, a strategic individualized services plan, monitoring, and ongoing follow-up for 6 months after services end. CA/NCF