Communities Inspiring Action:
Children with Incarcerated Parents
The Family: Supporting the family while a parent is incarcerated
MENTORING A FAMILY TASK FORCE
Outcome Goal/Purpose: The task force will engage police officers, fire fighters, and military veterans as mentors to families with the goal of maintaining strong relationships among family members and with the incarcerated parent. Support may include family life skills, promoting intimacy, and parenting skills.
Convener: Earl Gardener
Patricia BuxtonJeff MorandeDeniseShonta BrowdyChorlton DaleyPamela Feruson
NEIGHBORHOOD SUPPORT GROUP TASK FORCE
Outcome Goal/Purpose: The task force will create grassroots family support groups in one or more neighborhoods. Groups will meet in members’ homes to share experiences and information and to help each other in dealing with issues relating to the incarceration of the parent.
Conveners: Giselle Jacobs, Andrew Clark
Giselle JacobsJackeeCathy SpenceLissettKathy Rodriguez
The Child/Parent Relationship: Maintaining a positive relationship between child and parent during incarceration
TRANSPORTATION TASK FORCE
Outcome Goal/Purpose: The task force on transportation will work to increase available transportation to and from Connecticut's correctional facilities for children of inmates in those facilities. In addition to increaseing the amount of transportation, the task force will work to increase awareness on the transportation that currently does exist thereby connecting children in need of transport to those providing it.
Convener: Kathy Rodriguez
Giselle JacobsKathy RodriguezRadiyyah HasaanLissett
VISITATION POLICY TASK FORCE
Outcome Goal/Purpose: The task force will work with the CT Department of Corrections to revise visitation policies for model inmates. For example, inmates would earn credits for good behavior which could be used for longer visitation periods, contact visits, and more phone call privileges with children. The task force will also explore conducting a study on the relationship of visitation rates and recidivism.
Convener: Lou Paturzo
Mark LaurayKathy RodriguezPaula NievesAngelina VazquezAileen KeaysGiselle JacobsLou PaturzoKathy RodriguezSteve Pepler
ORIENTATION TASK FORCE
Outcome Goal/Purpose: The task force on orientation will work to create an educational process to inform family members of newly incarcerated persons on Department of Correction policies and procedures. The task force will determine the format for delivering this information. Material that may be included in this newly created orientation/educational process may include information on visitors' rights, transportation to and from Connecticut correctional facilities, the visitation process, familial rights, policies regarding mail, commissary, telephone use, inmate transfer, community services for family members, etc.
Conveners: Aileen Keays, Kathy Rodriguez
Shayla WilliamsKathy RodriguezDoll HenryNora Grais-ClementsLissettMaldonado M.Lovanna R.
The Child: Supporting the psychological, physical, and social development of the child
CHILD MENTORING TASK FORCE
Outcome Goal/Purpose: This task force will develop and implement a strategy for ensuring that every child with a parent behind bars has a mentor. Issues that will be worked on are 1) identifying the children without mentors, 2) recruiting more mentors for the already existing mentoring agencies, and 3) discussing the potential need for additional programs.
Convener: Lindsey Eichler
Duckworth GrangeGloria TalbotIan CotoDoll HenryNora Grais-ClementsCaron ShanahanJeff MorandeCharlton DaleyGeoffrey ScalesLissett
SCHOOLS TASK FORCE
Outcome Goal/Purpose: The task force will work with the public school system to assure that the educational environment has a supportive and positive impact on children with incarcerated parents. Issues to be worked on include identifying the children whose parents are incarcerated, recognizing and addressing the emotional state of the child, assuring that teachers, administrators, counselors, and others have the skills and access to resources (both during the school day and after school) that can provide the services and support that the child needs and wants, asking the children what help they need, and using curricula that help children solve problems without violence.
Convener: Giselle Jacobs
Erin NormanGiselle JacobsCaron ShanahanKathy RodriguezLissett
COLLABORATION TASK FORCE
Outcome Goal/Purpose: The task force will create a pilot project in which the efforts of multiple agencies, organizations and governmental bodies, who are supporting and providing services to the children and families of incarcerated parents, will be focused on one specific neighborhood in Hartford and coordinated with each other.
Convener: Gloria Talbot
Duckworth GrangeGloria TalbotChuck CummingsGiselle JacobsCaron ShanahanKathy RodriguezSteve KesslerThomas KnappTrevor Johnson