Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota

Fatherhood & Families

Fatherhood & Families

LSS Fatherhood & Families offers services to fathers inside state correctional facilities and continue as they transition back into their communities. Fatherhood & Families promotes fathers re-entry into communities and re-engagement with their families.

There are many challenges for fathers who are incarcerated to maintain or improve their relationships with their families, stay connected with their children, create healthy relationships, seek appropriate housing and obtain employment. These challenges exist while they are incarcerated and directly following their release. These challenges are even more of a barrier to overcome as they begin their new life outside of the prison system.

In partnership with the South Dakota Department of Corrections, Lutheran Social Services initiated the Fatherhood & Families Program to help address these challenges faced by incarcerated dads. Service is focused on those who are scheduled for release in six months or less, and those who have been released within six months. Successful transition support occurs through three targeted areas.

1. Healthy Relationships - Healthy relationships, must be a safe relationship. - Communication is the number one (easily improvable) problem in a relationship.

2. Responsible Parenting and Fathering - Ever wish children came with a parenting manual? We can help. - Learn how to communicate with a toddler. Get a response from your shoulder shrugging teen.

3. Economic Stability - Get the ‘paper you’ in order. - GET the job; KEEP the job. - Home Sweet Home….what does this mean?

Studies have shown that inmates who are released from prison and have relationship problems with their spouses or partners are more likely to revert to criminal activity. As more than 650,000 offenders nationwide are released from prison every year, recidivism affects all parts of a community. One indication of a successful reintegration is having a healthy relationship.

Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: 90F00002.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families,Office of Family Assistance, Grant 90F00002.