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The Family Connections Center

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The Family Connections Center is a family support program consisting of multiple family resource centers located in the New Hampshire Department of Corrections.  The Family Connections Center (FCC) was created in November 1998 to assist incarcerated mothers and fathers to enhance existing parent-child relationships or help create new healthy connections with their minor children.  A FCC exists at all three prisons, the Transitional Work Center and Shea Farm in Concord, NH.  Most incarcerated parents can participate in the two requisite classes; FCC Parenting Class and FCC Healthy Relationships Class and support groups.  Participation in all additional activities are merit-based.  Residents must remain Disciplinary-free in order to participate.

The following services and programs are offered at all FCC’s for incarcerated parents who are in the FCC Parenting Program:

  • FCC Parenting Education class - An 18-hour class that addresses the general child development and parenting education as well as the unique struggles of families with an incarcerated parent.  This course must be completed to utilize any other FCC programs.  Non-parents may sign up, but priority is given to those residents who are parents.  Due to a waitlist, non-parents may not be invited.  Offered 4-5 times per year at each facility.
  • Weekly Parenting Support Groups - These 1-hour groups offer incarcerated parent an opportunity to share and learn from one another.  The challenges of parenting from prison, as they arise in each family, is a regular discussion point.  Participants may only attend one support group per week.
  • A Comprehensive Library - FCC library’s contains children’s books, child development guides, and parenting and self-help books amongst other educational materials.  Parenting videos are also available.
  • Audiobook Recordings - CD’s and/or digital audio recordings and two brand new books may be sent to each child, up to three times a year.  This activity allows kids to remain connected to their incarcerated parent as well as promoting literacy.  Books & postage paid by donations.
  • Communicating Via Video Visits – This 4-hour virtual class prepares parents for communicating with their children over the internet on screen.  This is a prerequisite to being eligible to apply for parent-child video visits.
  • Incarcerated Parent-Child Video Visits - These visits take place live, over the internet, using a web cam.  Visits are monitored visits by grant funded, family support staff members who are provided training on supervising and documenting such visits.  The visits offer parents and their children one-to-one visits in addition to visits in the prison visiting room.  Offered weekly.
  • Monthly Newsletter - May list upcoming events and community resources as well as new information regarding families.  This is available to the incarcerated parents and their child’s caregiver upon request and can be viewed on our Facebook page (Family Connections Center-
  • FCC Family Day - FCC hosts a Family Day in the visiting room for eligible FCC participants, their children and their children’s caregivers. Child-friendly decorations, games and food are available for this event. This event is funded in part by donations and the DOC Recreation Department. 
  • Community Connections - Information & referrals are available to community resources in NH. This includes the Kinship Navigator program which provides support for those who are raising children who are not their own.
  • Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP) Summer Camp – Children of FCC participants, ages 8-15, may attend a two-week overnight camp at YMCA Camp Coniston for free and spend one or two days with their incarcerated parent.  This event is funded by donations.
  • Life Skills Seminars - Informational seminars are presented by FCC staff or outside organizations on a variety of topics connected to family, parenting, relationships, and other life skills. 
  • Opportunities for Card/Craft Making - For holidays and special occasions, participants may use the FCC craft supplies to create enhanced cards or other crafts/activities (i.e. bracelets) to send home to their children.
  • Family Ties – Free family counseling is offered to children of FCC participants and their caregivers in NH.  If eligible, an incarcerated parent involved in FCC can sign up to allow their child four free sessions with the ability to add more.  If their family is interested, the incarcerated parent will participate in the family counseling via telehealth.  This activity is grant funded and is a minimum of 4 sessions in length to receive a stipend.  Families can and therapists can continue for more sessions if they wish.
  • Family Reentry Planning (FRP) - Co-parenting sessions between the incarcerated parent and their child’s caregiver.  These will be facilitating using video visiting technology and are a minimum of 3 sessions in length in order to receive a stipend.  This activity is grant funded.
  • Refresher 4 Reentry (R4R) - A parenting class refresher on FCC’s original parenting class with additional topics of discussion that parents leaving prison will face, such as social media, getting along with your child’s caregiver, cyber bullying and reuniting with your child. This activity is grant funded and offered via a correspondence course.
  • Parenting Wellness Check-Ins - After leaving FCC/prison, FCC staff will regularly reach out to past FCC participants for up to a year to see how they and their family are doing and provide support and community referrals if needed.
The following regular programs are offered at all FCC’s for ALL incarcerated parents and some non-parents whether they are in the FCC Parenting Program or not:

  • FCC Orientation - This is an introduction to residents about being a parent in prison.  When FCC finds out a new resident is a parent of a minor child, we put their name on the FCC Orientation list.  We normally would meet with groups in person, but more recently have been sending packets to the residents via the mail.  During Orientation, FCC covers what is available to the resident as a parent in NHDOC (FCC Parenting program, FCC Literacy Seminars, Child Support help, A Parenting from Prison guide) and also give them resources that could help their families while the parent is incarcerated (family resource centers, books lists, support groups).  If eligible, after attending Orientation parents can sign up for the FCC Parenting Class.
  • FCC Healthy Relationship Class - The purpose of the 10-hour Healthy Relationships class is to help individuals be successful in all of their relationships, whether it is with a romantic partner, siblings, parents, children, or friends. Participants will increase awareness of the effects of antisocial relationships and learn ways to rebuild and strengthen pro-social relationships.  This class is available to all NHDOC residents in general population.  It is required of parents in the FCC Parenting Program.
  • Child Support Seminars – NH Division of Child Support Services hosts seminars and individual sessions for incarcerated parents at all NHDOC facilities to aid in filing for modification, if appropriate, and to work out any financial or logistical concerns.  Individuals must have a child support case.
  • Child Impact Program – A 4-hour co-parenting education class the NH family courts requirement for all parents of minor children who are divorcing or establishing a court ordered Parenting Plan.   
  • First Appearance Session – Required by NH courts for divorcing couples, a pre-requisite to the Child Impact Program. 
  • Literacy Seminar (CLiF) – FCC has partnered with the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF), a grant funded program, to offer quarterly literacy seminars and book giveaways to mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles and grandparents in general population at the Concord and Berlin facilities.


  • Residents who are convicted of a crime, sexual in nature, against a child under the age of 14 are excluded from the FCC Parenting Program.
  • Negative behavior in the facility may prohibit an incarcerated parent from participating in FCC programming
  • 60 days of earned time credit (ETC) may be achieved by participating in the FCC Parenting Program for a total of 75 FCC educational hours and providing verification of parentage.  This usually takes about 12 months to achieve.



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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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