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The Family Connections Center

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FCC Parenting Programs at all the NH State Prisons

FCC Parenting Classes – This is an eighteen-hour parenting class based upon the Family Focus curriculum created by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. This class must be successfully completed before participation in all other FCC activities. Inmates who are not parents are allowed to take this class if there is space available. All other FCC programming requires that the inmate is a parent of a minor child. Inmates who are convicted of certain crimes are not allowed to participate in the parenting program

Parenting Support Groups – These groups offer incarcerated parents an opportunity to share and learn from each other and support each other as fathers who are separated from their families. These are offered many times a week. Participants must attend one support group per week to continue participation at the FCC.

Healthy Relationship Class – A 10-hour class to learn how to communicate with all people, including romantic partners. Different types of relationships are discussed and there is an educational component on domestic violence.

Books-on-CD – Incarcerated parents can record stories and songs on CDs and send them home with 2 brand new books. The parents can record CDs up to three times per year per child. By doing so, the incarcerated parent can read stories to their children every night before bed and tell their child that he/she loves them! The hope is that this will help encourage the child to learn and love to read. A young child’s literacy can grow as the child follows the words in the book while mom or dad is reading to him or her. This also gives the child the power to hear mom or dad’s voice when they are missing their parent. FCC provides the books, CDs and mailing envelopes. Currently, donations pay for the postage, books and CD's.

Video/Virtual Visitation – Incarcerated parents can apply to have visits with their children via a web cam over the internet through a free service from Skype®. These visits, although they do not have the important physical touch, they can provide an intimate connection between parent and child. The children were able to visit semi-privately with Mom or Dad and share parts of their lives with them; from showing off their new pet to the crafts they have made. Children can ask questions of their parent that they do not feel comfortable doing so in the prison visiting rooms. Mom or Dad can help their child with homework and play games such as chess. Some video visits have taken place between an incarcerated parents with their children in Hawaii, Europe and Australia!

Seminars – Various life skills seminars are offered on an on-going basis. Presenters from the community volunteer their time at the Family Connections Center. Some of the seminars have included: When Your Income Drops, When Parenting Styles Differ, Ages and Stages of Child Development, Moral Development, Conflict Resolution and a Literacy Seminar, Money Management, Nutrition.

Library – We have an extensive family library filled with books on many topics. These books are used during the video visits and to record on the books on CDs.

Monthly Newsletter – This newsletter is available to all the incarcerated fathers and via email to their children’s caregiver. The newsletter highlights upcoming FCC events, offers parenting support and advice and lets families know what is happening in NH communities.

Other NHDOC Facilities

Shea Farm Transitional Housing Unit -all mothers can attend the weekly parenting support group. Mothers who have completed the FCC parenting program in prison can continue with the internet video visits and record books on CD's to send home.

Corrections Transitional Work Center (TWC)- all fathers can attend the weekly parenting support group. Fathers who have completed the FCC parenting program in prison can continue with the internet video visits and record books on CD's to send home.

Offerings for all inmates

Child Impact Seminar- 4-hour court-ordered co-parenting class. Is offered at all facilities.

Child Support Seminar- All parents with court-ordered child support can attend a one-hour seminar and then meet with NH Child Support staff to answer questions and receive individual help with their orders.

Healthy Relationships Class- A 10-hour class to learn how to communicate with all people, including romantic partners. Different types of relationships are discussed and there is an educational component on domestic violence. This is recommended for some inmates as a result of their DOC intake assessment.

Healthy Families Class- A 6-hour class recommended for Parole Violators. A modified version of the Healthy Relationship Class.

 

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FCC Linden Room at NH State Prison in Concord

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Mural of FCC partner agencies at NH State Prison in Concord

 

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