Inmates and Their Children Shared the Summer Camp Experience in Prison
(Concord, NH) For the fourth year the New Hampshire Department of Corrections Family Connections Center (FCC) cohosted its annual Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP) summer camp program during August 18-20, 2015. The FCC partnered with Child and Family Services and YMCA Camp Spaulding to provide a free summer camp experience for children with a parent incarcerated in the New Hampshire State Prison system and who is an active participant in the Family Connections Center, a family support center located in the prison.
The Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP) summer camp program consisted of children attending two-weeks of traditional summer camp at YMCA Camp Spaulding in Penacook, NH with “field trips” to visit their mom or dad in prison. The children shared meals, participated in fun activities, competitive games and created a life-sized, three dimensional murals titled “A Perfect Day with Mom/Dad”. The families also had free time to talk, read or play games.
There were nine children and six inmates that participated in this year’s event. Six children visited four fathers at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord and three children visited their two mothers at the New Hampshire Correctional facility for Women in Goffstown.
Corrections Commissioner William Wrenn said, “This program has been a great benefit to the inmates and their children who have participated in the last four years. A strong family relationship is an important factor in successful offender rehabilitation. We appreciate the continued support we have received from child and Family Services to make this program a success.”
The CIP camp program is funded by from private donations. People who wish to support this program can send their donations to Child and Family Services, CIP Camp Program, PO Box 448, Manchester, NH 03105.