This came over my transom a few minutes ago and is the first I have heard about it. I will look into it a the opportunity arises. Can not help but think it would be interesting to some of you and so without comment I will paste the press release for y’all to so for yourselves.
Department of Corrections Partners with “Service Network for Children of Inmates Project” to unite Inmate Parents with their Children
Since April 2007, the Department of Corrections has partnered with the Service Network for Children of Inmates to strengthen the bonds between inmates and their children. The Department has jointly coordinated numerous bonding visits and launched a video visitation program for parents of children residing in Miami-Dade County. The Service Network for Children of Inmates is dedicated to understanding the circumstances and needs of families with an incarcerated parent. Through these joint efforts, we are able to assist in improving the quality of life for children of incarcerated parents, their families and communities.
Click on links below to see how the June 30, 2011 bonding trips to Dade (a male prison) and Homestead (a female prison)CI’s went:
- NBC local: http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/South-Fla-Kids-Visit-Prison.html
- CBS local: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2011/06/30/childrens-program-allows-kids-to-meet-jailed-relatives/
- Miami Herald article: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/06/30/2293673/for-imprisoned-parents-a-human.html
- Miami Herald video: http://www.miamiherald.com/video/index.html?media_id=98930361
The Service Network for Children of Inmates currently provides services at Everglades, Broward, Okeechobee, Lowell, Marion, Martin, Dade and Homestead Correctional Institutions.
For further information about the Service Network for Children of Inmates you can visit their website at www.childrenofinmates.org or their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ childrenofinmates?ref=ts