• Do you want to....
  • Who can participate:
  • What to expect:
  • How it works:
    • Reconnect with your children?

    • Learn skills to improve your relationship with family members?

    • Create a safe space for open dialogue with other fathers?

    • Fathers incarcerated at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

    • Fathers living in Charlottesville or Albemarle.

    • At the Regional Jail, a group led by the Fatherhood Specialist explores their experiences of fatherhood—addressing their experiences with their children, as well as their own fathers.

    • REAL Dads offers 1:1 mentoring with the Fatherhood Specialist to strengthen fathering skills so that fathers can develop a healthy relationship with their children.  

    • Fathers should come prepared to share their own experiences in a supportive environment.

    • Additional support from the REAL Dads Fatherhood Specialist may extend to other areas like connecting fathers to resources to find housing and employment

    • Incarcerated fathers can participate in a weekly support group in the Regional Jail.  Fathers self-refer to the program, and participation is approved by the Jail Program Director.

    • Non-incarcerated fathers living in Charlottesville and Albemarle should be in touch with the Fatherhood Specialist directly to begin a 1:1 mentoring relationship.

    • The meeting schedule and the nature of the mentoring relationship will be decided by the Fatherhood Specialist and father based on individual circumstances.

    • On an as-needed basis, the Fatherhood Specialist acts as an advocate for participating fathers in the community; this includes connecting fathers with others in the community for support and friendship, and working with fathers toward treatment and post-release goals.