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Ohio prison gives fathers the chance to parent from behind bars

Posted at 4:40 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 16:40:31-04

GRAFTON, Ohio — There are nearly three million children across the country with a parent who is locked up behind bars.

For the kids, it means trauma.

And if their mom or dad can’t parent from prison — it means a lot worse.

That is where the annual Fatherhood Conference at Lorain Correctional Institution comes in.

The program is a one-of-a-kind initiative to help fathers be dads from prison — over the course of a weekend, guest speakers and past inmates give advice, dads are given new ideas on how to communicate with their children, and the kids were allowed in for activities ranging from face-painting to football and basketball.

(Note: This story was filmed before the coronavirus outbreak)