Prison &
Jail Programs

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Fostering Positive Identities as Parents

We offer a safe, non-judgmental, confidential place to share challenges and successes of parenting while learning from and supporting each other.

Participants discuss ways to stay connected, nurture, and love their children even when they cannot live with or, perhaps, even visit them.

The principle of mutual aid is that personal growth comes from empathizing and giving to other members of the group. These groups focus on fostering positive identities as parents, rather than teaching parenting skills. Parents who are incarcerated may be ashamed they are unable to be ‘hands-on’ caregivers and these groups provide a safe and judgement-free forum.

 

PHP Facilitators support participants as they come to terms with their current, possibly future, role as non-custodial parents. Participants discuss ways to stay connected, nurture, and love their children even when they cannot live with or, perhaps, even visit them. The groups are sensitive to context and take place in various facilities in terms of length of stays, program offerings, and internal operations.

 

The parenting experience for the incarcerated can be very different from person to person. PHP develops programs to meet varying needs and interests. Some successful examples include family events for a group of long-term inmates and crafts projects with another group and their children.

Interested in volunteering or learning more about our prison and jail programs? Please contact Richie: richie@parentshelpingparents.org or 617-926-5008, extension 106.