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CLFC Fatherhood Program

The Creating Lasting Family Connections® Fatherhood Program: Family Reintegration (CLFCFP) is an award-winning, nationally recognized curriculum listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). The CLFC Curriculum Series developer, Ted N. Strader, adapted the curriculum specifically to increase skills that fathers and families find useful in preparing for marriage, establishing or re-establishing strong family harmony and supporting adult males who may be in recovery for substance abuse, incarcerated or reentering the community after a period of incarceration, military service, or any other form of physical or emotional separation. The Creating Lasting Family Connections® Fatherhood Program (CLFCFP) is a personal and family strengthening experience that addresses the following multiple challenging and interconnected issues: personal history of substance abuse (and recovery support); personal safety and violence prevention; sexual health including HIV and other STD prevention; and prison recidivism. The program employs a multi-faceted, strengths-based approach. The program also includes strategies to assist a parent in gaining deep insight in providing effective prevention practices for their children. This program is specifically designed to cultivate an atmosphere of inclusion, respect and cultural sensitivity for adult, at-risk, male audiences traditionally considered to be somewhat resistant and difficult to recruit and retain in a program of significant scope and duration.

In 2009, the Creating Lasting Family Connections® Fatherhood Program: Family Reintegration version was identified as a Promising Program by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

The Creating Lasting Family Connections® Fatherhood Program Promotes Family Strengthening Skills for Fathers

  • CLFC promotes communication and refusal skills for resisting negative influences.
  • CLFC promotes emotional awareness and expression skills so that fathers can process emotions that might have previously negatively impacted their judgment and possibly triggered unhelpful fathering practices and behaviors.
  • CLFC promotes relationship and family strengthening skills so that fathers can develop a deep and wide network of positive fatherhood support.
  • CLFC promotes self-efficacy, and nurtures personal and family trust and openness so that fathers are more likely to reach out for help with personal and family issues, including those related to fatherhood.

In two quasi-experimental research studies with comparison groups conducted by Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) and McGuire & Associates, the adapted version of CLFC also achieved statistically significant improvements in all 9 of the following targeted measures:

  • Communication skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Intrapersonal skills
  • Emotional awareness skills
  • Emotional expression skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Relationship management
  • Relationship satisfaction
  • Relationship commitment

 

In addition to the relationship skills listed above, the CLFC Fatherhood Program drastically reduced prison recidivism by 60%. These results were published in Criminal Justice Policy Review (McKiernan et al. 2013), a peer review journal, and clearly demonstrate that the Creating Lasting Family Connections® Fatherhood Program has broad and positive statistically significant impact on fatherhood skills. This means fathers are better equipped to positively influence their families and children toward better health and wellbeing.

Please also see the 2015 article written about our CLFC Fatherhood Program in the National Criminal Justice Association Justice Bulletin