The Bureau’s National Parenting from Prison Program (2022)

Program Description The Bureau’s National Parenting from Prison Program is a two-phase model, focusing on services for incarcerated parents.

PHASE I: National Parenting Program Workshop. Phase I is a dynamic, psychoeducational course focused on parenting basics. This phase covers topics such as appropriate discipline and developmental milestones supplemented with discussion and practical exercises. An interactive DVD series is used for a portion of the Phase I program, to ensure standardization across facilities. The DVDs include discussion clips from national experts and incarcerated persons. Inmates engage in discussion and complete significant homework assignments as part of this program.

PHASE II: National Parenting Specialty Programs. Phase II focuses on specific parenting needs such as parenting as an incarcerated mother, father, grandparent or parenting a child with a disability. Phase II programming includes the following courses: Inside Out Dad, Mothers of Adolescents, Preparing for Motherhood, Parenting Inside Out, Parenting a Second Time Around (PASTA), Partners in Parenting, Parenting Children with Special Needs (available in Spanish), and To Parent or Not to Parent (available in Spanish).

Time Frame
Hours This program is typically completed in 40 hours.
Needs Addressed Family/Parenting
Program Delivery To ensure program fidelity and proper credit, the National Parenting from Prison program is to be delivered by a Special Population Program Coordinator, Social Worker, Reentry Affairs Coordinator, or Correctional Counselor.
Institution Locations Available at all BOP institutions.