Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $342,857)
The Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers, Young Mothers, and Their Children provides funding to support the successful transition of young fathers and mothers as they return to their families and communities from incarceration. This program funds coordinated and comprehensive strategies that incorporate (1) mentoring and transitional reentry services proven to reduce recidivism, (2) effective parenting skills development and parent/child relationship engagement for young fathers or mothers, and (3) private and community service partnerships that promote public safety and support added positive outcomes for young parents and their children.
The Strong Together: Young Moms and Their Kids (Strong Together) project will serve at least 45 mothers younger than age 25 who are medium- to high-risk offenders, held in secure confinement facilities, and returning to Multnomah County, Oregon. The Strong Together project goals will seek to increase young mothers successful transition from secure confinement to family and community and increase their engagement in positive parenting with their children. Pathfinders of Oregon will operate the project in partnership with the Oregon Department of Corrections and the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice. CA/NCF
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