Dad HERO is a project designed to educate and teach dads about parenting, how children grow, and why their children need them.
It starts with an 8-week parenting course that is offered inside the prison at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary. From there the men move into a Dad Group in the prison that meets regularly to keep them connected with something positive – their children!
The project also offers a Dad Group on the outside - to continue to help men in the communities. This group is for dads who have been in jail, federally or provincially in the past, to focus on community parenting issues.
This project welcomes all dads affected by incarceration. It works with them to keep them connected to their kids, to help them feel better about themselves, to cope with prison, and to strengthen the family unit for reintegration success.
Why Dad HERO?
The project name is Dad HERO - the HERO acronym stands for ‘Helping Everyone Realize Opportunities’. We understand that while some may not consider incarcerated dads as heroes, dads aspire to be a positive influence in their children’s lives, someone their children look up to, and dads can only do this if they realize the valuable gifts they have within themselves and those of their families.
With help from the Movember Foundation Canadian and Families and Corrections Network (CFCN) created the Dad HERO project to increase the welfare of men in custody and those who have been released to the community. Movember research has shown that men are dying too early, before their time, and they know that people who have positive relationships and social connections have better mental health and well-being. Dad HERO is designed to help change incarcerated dad’s thinking about social connectedness and assist them in bonding with other men in a safe space (through the commonality of parenting) and increase their connectedness to their children and families. The project aims to reduce the feelings of low self esteem, guilt, and hopelessness that can influence the challenges, isolation, depression, and anxiety of prison and reintegration.
In order to provide the services in relation to the Dad HERO project, CFCN has established partnerships across Canada to assist in the facilitation portion of the project within the five regions of the Correctional Service of Canada’s institutions. Parkland Restorative Justice is one of the five organization's offering the project in 2018/2019.
For more information on this project contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 306 763-6224.