A recent graduate of the Parenting Inside Out course offered at the Dane County Jail said, “I always thought I was a good father and I thought I knew a lot,.” This program, “helped me take a step back and evaluate. I can’t wait to go home and show my family.” You can read more about the researchers behind this new course at the School of Social Work website.
I was fortunate to meet Dr. Charles in the work we were doing together on the Journey Home Delegation last year around this time. In the time since we first met, she and her colleagues worked to modify the curriculum to fit a jail setting, and launched a pilot program. On Wednesday the second class graduated. What struck me at the graduation were the ripples of good that are coming from this work. As expected, there is impact between parents and children. PIO is also being introduced to other counties around the state. And, most striking, was the bond between the men that participated in the class.
The County Executive attended the graduation and announced to the room, which was full of graduates, mentors, instructors, and staff that the position needed to make this program permanent will be included in his 2020 budget.