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Fostering fatherhood among incarcerated men.

At the Lorain Correctional Institution in Grafton, Ohio, a weekend Fatherhood Conference in September sought to help 250 incarcerated men who are fathers strengthen their relationships with their children.Homa Bash, “State Prison in Northeast Ohio Holds First-Ever ‘Fatherhood Conference,’” News5 Cleveland, September 30, 2018.

The conference included a panel of speakers who are formerly incarcerated fathers, together with lessons on childhood development that the fathers could practice both while in prison and after release. Concluding with a father-daughter dance, the conference was so popular that prison officials have begun to plan another one.Homa Bash, “State Prison in Northeast Ohio Holds First-Ever ‘Fatherhood Conference,’” News5 Cleveland, September 30, 2018. Children with incarcerated parents are at higher risk for depression, low educational attainment, and involvement with the justice system, but studies have shown that one way to offset these risks is to support and strengthen the relationship during incarceration—including providing opportunities to visit and strengthen the parent-child bond.Eric Martin, “Hidden Consequences: The Impact of Incarceration on Dependent Children,” NIJ Journal 278 (2017).