Tampa Jail Providing Inmates Lessons on Fatherhood

ParentingBeginning in 2001, a 13-week parenting course began taking place in Florida prisons. This biweekly class was initially funded by federal money and helped inmates with shorter sentences. A study found that the graduates of the course had absorbed much of the material being taught to them. While some were there because of a court order, others volunteered to sign up for the class to help with possible custody battles.

Jesse White, a counselor at Falkenburg Road Jail, is a teacher of the class. He helps inmates with substance abuse and the parenting skills they need. The lessons taught range from parenting tools such as potty training to mental lessons such as what incarceration does to a teenager’s psyche.

Studies showed that 7 out of 10 inmates in Hillsborough have at least one child who is under the age of 18. This means that when these short-term inmates are released, they are going home to a child who is expecting a father. The course aims to give these men the tools they need to provide for their children in the best manner possible.

At Robert Sparks Attorneys, we believe it is extremely important for parents to take the necessary steps to provide the best care for their children. This includes knowing the fundamentals behind parenting and the psychology of how their actions affect their child or teenager.

Our Tampa family law attorneys are advocates of any plan that emphasizes the relationship between child and parent. If you are going through complex legal matters involving your family, it is important to make sure you are protected at all times. Contact us today and learn how we may be able to help you get through this matter in the most favorable manner possible. We are here to guide you every step of the way.