News - 2011(BACK)

NFI and CEC Expand InsideOut Dad Fatherhood Program in Colorado

West Caldwell, NJ March 31 -
Community Education Centers, Inc. (CEC) is helping residents at its Colorado residential reentry facilities become better fathers through the National Fatherhood Initiative's (NFI) InsideOut Dad™ program. Once incorporated at five CEC facilities, resident fathers will go through a 12-week course that will help them build practical skills that will allow them to connect with their children during their incarceration and then successfully reintegrate into their families upon release. The program is being facilitated by Chris Petrozzi of CEC and will be incorporated at CEC's Cheyenne Mountain Re-Entry Center, The Phoenix Center, Community Alternatives of El Paso, the Williams Street Center, and Correctional Alternative Placement Center.

"I am very excited to use this program in Colorado. The CEC Family Services Program incorporated the InsideOut Dad lessons at its residential reentry facilities in New Jersey to great effect. Colorado families will certainly be strengthened as these incarcerated men learn to become better fathers," said Dr. Lou Barretti, Director of CEC's Family Services Program.

The process began March 23 in Colorado Springs when a trainer from the NFI trained CEC staff on the InsideOut Dad curriculum. CEC has used this fatherhood training program as an enhancement to its already extensive national Family Services Program that provides linkages and skills to current program residents to reconnect with family members.

"NFI is excited about CEC's national efforts to support incarcerated fathers through the InsideOut Dad™ program," said Roland C. Warren, president of National Fatherhood Initiative. "At a time when six in ten incarcerated men are fathers and over 300,000 fathers leave prison each year in the United States , CEC should be applauded for its efforts to help Colorado fathers get responsibly involved in the lives of their children."

InsideOut Dad™, National Fatherhood Initiative's premier reentry program for incarcerated fathers, connects inmate fathers to their families and helps break the cycle of recidivism. It helps men reflect on their own family histories, build fathering, communication, and relationship skills, and find practical ways to connect with their children from the inside so they can prepare to be better dads on the outside.

National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), founded in 1994, works in every sector and at every level of society to engage fathers in the lives of their children. NFI’s national public service advertising campaign promoting father involvement generated television, radio, print, Internet, and outdoor advertising valued at over $500 million. Through its resource center, FatherSOURCE™, NFI offers a wide range of innovative resources to assist fathers and organizations interested in reaching and supporting fathers.

Community Education Centers, Inc. (CEC) is a leading provider of offender reentry, in-prison treatment, and jail detention management services in America, operating in 18 states, with nearly 30,000 individuals in our daily care. CEC provides a full range of therapeutic residential and non-residential reentry services with a documented record of reducing recidivism. CEC contracts with federal, state, county and local government agencies, as well as non-profit agencies.

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