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.