INCARCERATED MOTHER’S PREVENTIVE PROGRAM
When women are incarcerated the entire family is affected. The Incarcerated Mother’s Program (IMP) is a specially designed preventive program that addresses the unique needs of mothers parenting their children from prison. Understanding the need for bonding between mother and child, the IMP works to strengthen families by bridging the gap between women in prison, their children and caregivers. Children in this program remain in close contact with their mothers. As with all of our programs, the safety, protection and well being of children is our uppermost concern.
The main goal of the IMP is to prevent foster care placement by assisting women and their children during and after the time of arrest; court; jail; and as they return to the community.
One of the new initiatives of the IMP has been the expansion of its prison-based parenting groups to serve fathers. Our work has taught us that children benefit when both their parents are actively involved in their lives and even from prison, parents can communicate that they love their children and want the best for their futures.