Family Connect focuses on working with caregivers to eliminate barriers that may exist in the lines of communication between children and their imprisoned parent, coordinate trips to correctional facilities and provide workshops to assist in understanding the regulations and protocols of jails and prisons. Specific features will include:
- Weekend Visitation – regularly scheduled visitation trips allows children and their caregivers to travel to and from predestinated facilities.
- Letter Writing – children write letters monthly to their imprisoned parent.
- Video conference visits with family.
- Van Service – CPNYC’s Van Shuttle Service will provide critical connections between children & families with those that are incarcerated.We currently have van service scheduled through 2012 to the following facilities:
Bedford Hills, Taconic, Sing Sing, Greenhaven, Fishkill, Wallkill, Shawangunk, Otisville, Ulster, Eastern, Woodbourne, Sullivan, Washington, Great Meadow, Coxsackie, Greene, Upstate, Bare Hill, Franklin, Riverview, Elmira, Southport, Attica, Collins
Our “Voices From Afar” wall, created in honor of our children’s incarcerated parent, is filled with framed heartfelt notes and correspondences from parents that express their love, share their regrets and convey aspirations to remain in the lives of their children.
To My Daughter,
“I must say that my experiences with CPNYC have been the best. In 2008 my boys were registered to participate in a program for children with an incarcerated parent. When I was informed I was very excited. Once the boys were stable in the program I began to receive letters from them sent by CPNYC. I felt very happy that I was now getting mail on a daily basis from my boys and I must say that the feeling was breathtaking. Along with the letters I received Newsletters informing me on activities that were taking place within the program and the best Newsletter I received was when my son Pedro was featured with his mentor Josh, which was great. I showed everyone. Now March 2, 2012 I have been released from prison after serving 16 years and my first stop was at Children of Promise, NYC. It was the greatest experience ever getting to know Ms. Content along with all the other staff that joined me that day. As my boys continue to be a part of CPNYC I must say that I will continue to advocate for such a great program.” -Victor Cordero