Maintaining family bonds is tough for parents who are incarcerated and their children. Visitation hours are limited and children often must travel long distances. Others are unable to visit at all. The emotional effect of parental incarceration has far-reaching implications for these children’s lives—and for society at large:
In addition to working to prevent mass incarceration and reform the criminal justice system in general, The Fortune Society makes a dedicated effort to promote family unity. Our Family Services program helps parents with justice involvement access the resources and knowledge they need to become caring parents and role models for their children. By teaching methods that heal and strengthen relationships, our staff helps rebuild severed bonds and encourage positive reunification.
Through group sessions and the guidance of trained counselors, parents learn communication skills and gain insights about themselves in the process.
Participant Michael Carryl states:
Hard work pays off. Virginia Lasoski-Nepa, our Senior Director of Family Services and Admissions, says it best:
The above episode of our monthly talk show, Both Sides of the Bars, provides a broader context on how incarceration impacts children and parents. Host and Fortune Associate Vice President Ronald Day is joined by two formerly incarcerated women—Brittany Smith, an educator at Fortune, and Sharon Richardson, re-entry specialist at STEPS to End Family Violence—for a discussion on how incarceration strains family relationships. Learn even more in the June 2016 issue of the Fortune News, which focuses on families impacted by the criminal justice system, or read recent articles about the experiences of individuals impacted by our Family Service program.
Through the work of our dedicated staff, we will continue to advocate against mass incarceration and support people in the process of rebuilding their lives and growing as nurturing parents. Help us in these efforts: donate today or attend an upcoming event.
*Article by Carmen Rojas, Marketing and Donor Communications Associate at The Fortune Society