Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $366,881)
The OJJDP FY 2015 Second Chance Act Strengthening Families and Children of Incarcerated Parents program will promote and expand services to children who have a parent who is incarcerated in a Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) correctional facility. Program activities include mentoring and comprehensive services that facilitate healthy and positive relationships between incarcerated individuals, their children, and caregivers. This program will implement positive developmental activities to address issues the child and the family may face, strategies to increase and enhance communication between child and parent, and transitional reentry services for parents who are released during the program. This program is authorized pursuant to Section 211 of the Second Chance Act, P.L. 110-199.
Families in Crisiss (FIC) primary program goal is to increase the involvement between children and their incarcerated parent. FIC will provide a program to address the special needs of children who have a parent in prison and enhance efforts planned by the Federal Correctional Institute in Danbury, CT. The most important partner for this project will be the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut (FCI Danbury). The FCI in Danbury houses men and women in separate facilities and provides parenting classes at both facilities using the Building Bridge curriculum. FIC anticipates using six months to conduct comprehensive planning and collaboration with OJJDP, BOP, the FCI Danbury and their evaluator, Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). FIC will use CCSUs, Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (CCSU-IMRP) as a consultant to conduct the evaluation of the program. The evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Code of Federal Regulations for the protection of human participants. CA/NCF