Department Based Resources
Family Orientations provide family members with information about ways they can assist their incarcerated loved one transitioning back into the community. Information will be provided about risk reduction as well as parole conditions and requirements. Community based resource information will also be available.
Family Orientations are currently available in the Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita parole offices. Please see calendar for specific dates and times.
Family Transition Class
The Family Transition Class is offered to incarcerated individuals who will be releasing to a family member or who have had difficulties with family members in the past. Each of the six (6) sessions addresses a topic relating to family reintegration. The objective of the Family Transition Class is to assist participants in transiting back to their families upon their release. A main focus of each session is to provide the participants with an understanding of the balance between the expectations of their family members upon their release and the participant’s expectations. Upon completion of the class, participants should be able to identify how to appropriately balance the wants and needs of their family with their own wants and needs. Following the completion of the Family Transition Class participants are eligible to participate in a Family Workshop. A Family Workshop is a meeting held at the facility. Facility staff, family members and the inmate will be encouraged to attend the Family Workshop to discuss family concerns.
A Family Workshop is a meeting held at the facility and includes the inmate and their family. The Family Workshop provides an opportunity to discuss expectations and/or concerns the inmate or family member(s) have prior to release.
Family Transitions Classes and Workshops are currently available at the Topeka Correctional Facility, Lansing Correctional Facility, Winfield Correctional Facility, El Dorado Correctional Facility and the Ellsworth Correctional Facility.
InsideOut Dad Parenting Curriculum
The National Fatherhood Initiative developed the InsideOut Dad in 2005 to address a gap in quality fatherhood programs with proven effectiveness that help incarcerated fathers to become better dads while on the inside and, for those fathers who will be released, that help continue their growth as dads when they return to communities. The program is based on the philosophy that supports the growth and development of fathers and children as caring, compassionate people who treat themselves, others and the environment with respect and dignity.
InsideOut Dad Parenting Curriculum is currently taught at the Winfield, Ellsworth and El Dorado Correctional Facilities.
Parenting Inside Out Parenting Curriculum
Parenting Inside Out is a parenting curriculum developed specifically for incarcerated and/or criminal justice involved parents. It is based on the best practices Parent Management Training program for at-risk families, but addresses the unique situation and issues of criminal justice inolved parents and accommodates different institutional teaching environments.
Parenting Inside Out Parenting Curriculum is currently taught at the Lansing Correctional Facility.
Active Parenting Now
The Active Parenting Now curriculum was developed by Dr. Michael Popkin. It shows parents how to develop courage, responsibility and character in their children. It also explains positive discipline and communication techniques that help families run more smoothly.
Active Parenting Now curriculum is currently taught at the Topeka Correctional Facility.
Play and Learn
Play and Learn Classes are offered in conjunction with the InsideOut Dads and Active Parenting Now classes. The Play and Learn classes provide children whose parents are incarcerated an opportunity to come to the facility and interact with their parent in a safe, structured and facilitated play group session. This interaction provides the incarcerated parent an opportunity to bond with their child as well as practice the skills they have learned throughout the parenting class.
Play and Learn classes are currently available at the Winfield and ElDorado Correctional Facilities.
Caregiver support groups provide an opportunity for the caregivers of the children of incarcerated parents to gain a better understanding of the impact incarceration may have on children and strategies and ideas of how to help the children to whom they are providing care. The groups also provide an opportunity to learn more about resources available as well as discuss concerns or problems they have encountered during their caregiver experience.
Caregiver support groups are currently available in the Winfield and ElDorado Correctional Facilities.