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The Family Connections Center

Current Programs
 

 
FCC Berlin

To the left, a Family Connections Center room at the Northern NH Correctional Facility.


FCC Programs at the NH State Prison in Concord and Berlin:

• FCC Parenting Classes – This is an eighteen-hour parenting class based upon the Family Focus curriculum created at UNH 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.

• Parenting Support Groups – These groups offer incarcerated fathers 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 12-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 and Audiotape – Incarcerated fathers can record stories and songs on CDs or audiotapes and send them home with 2 brand new books. The fathers can do this up to three times per year per child. By doing so, the incarcerated father can read stories to his children every night before bed and tell his child that he 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 dad is reading to him or her. This also gives the child the power to hear dad’s voice when they are missing him. FCC provides the books, CDs and mailing envelopes. At this time, fathers must pay to mail the books and CD home.

• Video/Virtual Visitation – Incarcerated fathers can apply to have visits with their children via a web cam over the internet. 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 Dad and share parts of their lives with him; from showing him their new pet to the crafts they have made. Children can ask questions of dad that they do not feel comfortable doing so in the prison visiting rooms. Dad can help his child with homework and play games such as chess. Some video visits have taken place between an incarcerated fathers with their children in 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 and audiotapes.

• 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.



FCC Programs at the NH State Prison for Women in Goffstown:

• FCC Parenting Classes – This is an eighteen-hour parenting class based upon the Family Focus curriculum created at UNH 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.

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

• Books-on-CD and Audiotape – Incarcerated mothers can record stories and songs on CDs or audiotapes and send them home with 2 brand new books. The mothers can do this up to three times per year per child. By doing so, the incarcerated mother can read stories to her children every night before bed and tell her child that 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 is reading to him or her. This also gives the child the power to hear mom’s voice when they are missing her. FCC provides the books, CDs and mailing envelopes. At this time, mothers must pay to mail large books and the CD home.

• Seminars – Various life skills seminars are offered on an on-going basis. Volunteer presenters are from UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Humanities Council and Plymouth State University.

• Monthly Newsletter – This newsletter is available to all the incarcerated mothers 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
Halfway House and minimum security housing for women

A grant until March 2012 currently allows a family support specialist to meet with incarcerated mothers to help prepare for reunification with their children

Corrections Transitional Work Center (TWC)
for men in Concord

Fathers can attend a weekly father support group


 

Shea Farm bedroom living room
 

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