Approximately 1.7 million state and federal inmates are fathers of minor children. The impacts of incarceration are far-reaching and extend to their children and families. Nearly 700,000 inmates are released from state and federal prison each year and nearly nine million cycle through local jails. Of those released, about two-thirds re-offend within 3 years. Formerly incarcerated fathers’ ability to reintegrate into society successfully is often made difficult by challenges that prevent them from stabilizing their lives, establishing or reconnecting with their children and families, obtaining employment and achieving economic mobility.
To meet these challenges, ACF funded five Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Reentry and Mobility (ReFORM) grants that are specifically tailored to the needs of fathers transitioning from incarceration to their families and communities. The ReFORM program funds projects that include the three New Pathways activities together with community-centered pre- and post-release responsible fatherhood and supportive services to fathers soon-to-be and recently released from incarceration. Additionally, ReFORM projects focus on fathers who are within three to nine months of release or a father who has been released from confinement for six months or less.