- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The future is unclear for a fatherhood program for outgoing inmates in South Dakota after it lost its federal grant funding.

Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota learned this week that it lost its bid for continued funding of the Fatherhood and Families program, which it ran in a partnership with the state Department of Corrections, the Argus Leader newspaper reported (https://argusne.ws/1MhldyJ ).

The program offered training on family reintegration for inmates within six months of their release from prison. Its three goals were improving spousal relationships, teaching parenting skills and improving economic stability through job search, interview and resume training.

A grant of at least $1.3 million would have paid for the program for five years, and LSS applied for funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year. The Sioux Falls-based nonprofit was not among the five fatherhood programs selected nationwide, according to Rebecca Kiesow-Knutson, LSS vice president of community services.

“We are obviously very disappointed not to have been successful at obtaining a grant, but continue to believe that equipping people for success at the point of re-entry helps to strengthen our families and communities in the state,” Kiesow-Knutson said in a statement to the Argus Leader.

The jobs portion of the program will continue on a limited basis through unspecified funding from the United Way.


Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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