Parenting Inside Out

Parenting-Inside-OutGroup with coach copy

Parenting Inside Out helps fathers who are parenting from within the criminal justice system, including those on parole or probation. This is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral parent management skills training program created for incarcerated parents. PIO addresses the unique situation and issues of systems involved parents. PIO is outcome–based and learner–centered. PIO uses social learning theory to teach cooperation and problem solving in the context of learning parenting skills.

Who is the program for?

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have visitation rights to at least one child under the age of 5 who lives in Scott County
  • Have never been convicted of child sexual abuse
  • Speak English

How does it work?

PIO helps parents promote healthy child adjustment, prevent child problem behavior, and interrupts the cycle of intergenerational criminality. Parents develop and refine social interaction and citizenship skills, which can be used in all aspects of their lives and will help them guide their children toward becoming positive and constructive adults.

How has it helped?

This program has helped an array of families in many different ways. The program educator has connected families with community resources and other agencies for support and guidance. It has given families items in need from Family Resources donation center and has been able to give out Goodwill vouchers. It has been able to purchase items for graduating fathers for their families. Items that are expensive and a huge need like car seats, cribs, clothes, diapers and much more. Most of all it has expanded the knowledge of all fathers who attend the class in areas such as communication, understanding, speaking and listening skills and most of all parenting skills like discipline, how to play with your children and directions and encouragement.


“I feel every father should take this class. It has a lot of stuff that we can learn about. It can help better your fathering skills and make you become a better parent.” – Father 2014

“I’ve learned a lot in this class. I enjoyed the experience. It helped me learn things about myself that I need to change and I cannot wait to use what I have learned at home to help my family become better.” –Father 2014

“I feel when I get out I can become a more responsible parent due to this class. Alyssa taught me things from a different perspective and ways I never looked at parenting before. Without this class I think my parenting skills would defiantly be rough around the edges. I want to thank the program and Alyssa for giving me the chance to better myself as a parent.” –Father 2013

Sign Up

For more information about the Parenting Inside out program, please contact Alyssa Acton at 563-468-2176 or email her at You can also download a brochure.