Passport to Success!

Are you in a Work Release Program? Would you like to get a job in one of the following?

• Construction (e.g., painter, plumber)
•  Warehouse/Manufacturing 
(e.g., shipping & receiving, quality control)
• Trade/Transportation (e.g., driver, janitorial)
• Customer Service (e.g., office assistant, sales)
• Hospitality (e.g., front desk, cook)
• Other – you tell us!

Dads Back!

Dad’s Back! is the signature program of Friends Outside in Los Angeles County (FOLA) and one of our great successes. It’s FOLA’s free program for re-entry dads of all ages and who are out of jail or prison for any period of time.

Korina Bayardo, Program Director for Dads Back!, explains four types of classes offered in the program: Parenting/Responsible Fatherhood, Job Readiness/Parole to Payroll, Healthy Relationships/Healthy Marriage and Financial Literacy.

Responsible Fatherhood

5% increase in fathers who are making child support payments/modified payments 79.6% of men increased their frequency of healthy interaction with their children 99% increased their parenting knowledge and fatherhood skills

Healthy Marriage/Healthy Relationships

25% of fathers increased their relationship knowledge and skills 66% of fathers included the children’s “co-parents” in family events

Economic Stability

80% of fathers became employed 85% of fathers increased their “soft” employment skills (e.g., how to interview; how to seek employment in the electronic age) 69.2% of fathers reported a reduced number of employment barriers Korina Bayardo, Program Director for Dads Back!, talks about Job Readiness. It helps former inmates in being job ready, knowing how to talk about their convictions in interviews and creating a solid resume about their experience and skills.

Rashad Ezell, Dads Back! Client in the Job Readiness classes, talks about the the job training that he received from FOLA: Fire Watch, Fire Hole, Hazmat , CPR and First Aid.

Financial Management

100% of fathers increased their financial literacy For more than 40 years, Pasadena-based FOLA has offered no-cost services, including “Parole to Payroll” (an employment program), fatherhood services, support groups, and an after-school program for children and families affected by incarceration. 1 in 100 persons in the U.S. is behind bars, at a cost in California of $50,000 per inmate per year. Unless they receive appropriate services, approximately 60% of them will return to prison. One way that FOLA is turning this around is through its “Dads Back!” program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Dads Back!” helps released fathers to improve their relationships with their children and their children’s mother and to get and keep a job. In other words, provide needed services that help these individuals return successfully to our communities. Korina Bayardo, Program Director of Dads Back!, discusses the trust that develops between Clients and the Case Workers. This trust what keeps them coming back to the program. Success is measured by data that is collected and the trust that is seen when Clients feel free to ask for more help when they need it.

Incarcerated Parents Program/IPP

The goal of the “Incarcerated Parents Program” (IPP) – a joint Friends Outside in Los Angeles County (FOLA), The Department of Children and Family Services, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Offender Services Bureau and Century Regional Detention Facility program – is to help incarcerated parents develop and maintain positive relationships with their child(ren) during and after incarceration.
Two types of services are available:

  1. Prevention/Intervention Services: For incarcerated mothers, on a first‐come/first‐served basis;
  2. Visitation Services: For mothers with a current investigation or case withDCFS.

IPP will reduce the time spent by DCFS Social Workers on cases that involve incarcerated parents because we will do much of the work for you! Program Location: The program will initially be provided to female inmates who are incarcerated in the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.

Prevention/Intervention Services include:
  • Help to ensure the incarcerated parents complete their court‐ordered programs, such as parenting classes(when available).
  • Act as a liaison between the social worker and the incarcerated parents.
  • Improve outcomes for released incarcerated parents through resource referrals and supportive services.

Target Group

Incarcerated parents with a child(ren) between the ages of 0‐21. Must have a current investigation or case with DCFS, AND who do not have a “stay away” or restraining order in criminal court orin the dependency court which prevents them from having contact with their children.
Visitation services include:

  • Supervised visits between the incarcerated parents and their children.
  • Preparation of the children and their care givers for the visits, and debriefing with them after the visits.
  • Provide reports to you about the visits.

Make a Referral

Contact HSA Lizet Morales at(562) 497‐3512 to request the one‐page referral form.

Parole to Payroll

Parole to Payroll is Friends Outside in Los Angeles County’s employment services for the re-entry population and is available in selected locations, including One-Stop/Work-Source Centers and residential substance abuse treatment programs. These no-cost workshops are based on best practices, and were specially prepared for persons with criminal convictions. “ Parole to Payroll” include case management support, Job Readiness Workshops, job-seeking activities, job placement, and job retention services.
Topics include:

  • Can persons with a criminal conviction get a job?
  • What are the barriers to getting a job and what can one do to overcome them?
  • How to handle questions about a criminal conviction on job applications and during job interviews?
  • Types of jobs which may be more likely than others to employ persons with criminal convictions.
  • Common legal concerns, such as expungement and child support.
  • How to avoid being your own worst enemy during a job search.
  • Taking care of yourself, including stress management and tips on staying sober and on track.