Communities Inspiring Action:

Children with Incarcerated Parents

 

Throughout the Spring and Summer of 2010, community dialogues were held at the Hartford Public Library and in several Hartford neighborhoods. Attendees included local business owners, state representatives, neighboorhood residents, law enforcement officers, caregivers of children of an incarcarated parent, city council persons, not-for-profit workers, probation officers, school teachers, persons from the faith-based community, and those who have been formerly incarcerated. Concerns that were addressed included existing barriers in the criminal justice system for children and families, the lack of resources for caregivers, and the negative psychological impact that children face when they have a parent in prison.


During 2010 the citywide and neighborhood dialogues, ideas that were developed at these sessions fell into three categories: the child, the child-parent relationship, and the family. On November 4, 2010, an Action Forum was held to decide on the ideas that would be worked on. Eight (8) ideas were chosen and task forces were established to address each of the ideas.

Click here to learn more about each of the Task Forces

 

Recent Activity: A joint meeting between the Steering Committees and the Task Force Members was held on December 9, 2010 at the Hartford Public Library.

 

WHAT HAVE WE DONE SO FAR?

AUGUST – NOVEMBER 2009

Hartford Public Library, Everyday Democracy and Institute for Municipal & Regional Policy want to work together on a project in Hartford

Decide to hold dialogues on issues facing children of incarcerated parents.

The Steering Committee members

 

DECEMBER 2009

Kick-off event held.

35 people attend

Partner organizations recruited

Planning begins for community-wide dialogue

 

JANUARY-MARCH 2010

Steering committee plans community dialogue to be held in April

Participants are recruited

 

APRIL 10, 2010

Community dialogue held at Hartford Public Library

85 people attend

 

JUNE-JULY 2010

Dialogues held in Northeast, Frog Hollow, and Upper Albany Neighborhoods

11 sessions held.

30 people participate

Overview of the items mentioned in these dialogues

 

AUGUST – OCTOBER 2010

Information from all dialogues combined and action items identified

Steering Committee planned Action Forum for November

 

OCTOBER 30, 2010

Youth focus group held

Six teenagers attend.

 

NOVEMBER 4, 2010

Action Forum held at Hartford Public Library. Actions for change were agreed upon and eight ideas were chosen. A task force was established for each idea and attendees volunteered to actively participate in making change in their community!

 

DECEMBER 9, 2010

Joint meeting held between the steering committee and the task force members to answer any questions and identify the next steps for working to improve the lives of families in Hartford dealing with parental incarceration. Click here to view the agenda.


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