Most programs for fathers with prison histories today focus on workforce development and other skills. The Evidence Informed Fatherhood Program operated by Fathers’ UpLift (FUL) takes a different approach, empowering men to first self-parent, regulate their emotions, and overcome internal and external barriers and stressors—necessary steps to thrive and succeed regardless of skills one may or may not have or be able to obtain.
In his publication Evidence informed fatherhood program: An evaluation, published on 1/3/23 within the prestigious Journal of Social Work, Dr. Charles Daniels provides the data and begins a research journey to reveal just how substantive and impactful Fathers’ UpLift’s alternative approach is for empowering Black and Brown fathers (particularly those with incarceration histories).
Notable facts Dr. Daniels highlights include:
- 4% one-year recidivism rate for participating fathers (vs the 17 percent MA state average)
- Statistically significant reduction in Distress scores
- Statistically significant increase in Emotional Regulation scores
Application: The findings show that Evidence Informed Fatherhood Programming (EIFP) is effective in helping Black fathers gain self-parenting skills, address the trauma they experience as Black men in a racialized society, and reduce recidivism among them.
The published research article can be accessed in its entirety here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/14680173221141668
About Dr. Charles Daniels, Jr.: Dr. Daniels is Co-Founder and Executive Director at Fathers’ UpLift, the country’s first mental health and substance use treatment facility oriented primarily around paternal health. Dr. Daniels is an Obama Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, Yale Visiting Research Scientist and REIDS Scholar, and has been a guest on CNN, NBC, the Steve Harvey Show, and other leading media. Additionally, Dr. Daniels’ TED Talk, published in June of 2022, has received over 1.5 million views to-date.
For further information, please contact FUL’s Communications Administrator, George Boakye-Yiadom, at [email protected] or 617-708-0870.