"Building Stronger relationships between Young Fathers, Young Mothers, and Their Children affected by the Criminal Justice system"
We can provide pre-entry consulting for the family prior to entering the system
There actually is an excess of possible services that Project Reconciliation Inc. can offer a client and or family. We believe that one of the most popular service is prison preparation. For a fee, our team of consultants will sit down with (or meet by phone if necessary) a client and explain the upcoming prison to experience to them. These personal counseling sessions could be as simple as answering a few questions and alleviating the uncertainty and fear of the unknown, or they could be as complex as spending the necessary time side by side to truthfully prepare a client for a term of incarceration. We may find it necessary to connect the client with a physical trainer for self-defense programs, advise their clients to get specialized medical and/or dental care (which is focused on long-term maintenance), or bring in a financial expert to help you get your finances in order knowing that you will have a challenging time doing so while in prison. The reality of this specialized service prepares the client to live life on the inside.
Prison preparation isn’t only for the client who is on their way to prison. We also stand ready to assist the entire families of the soon-to-be incarcerated. Many families of clients maintain ties with the prison consultants they retain long after the primary client is in prison. Questions will come up, and unless they are answered, these uncertainties will fester and all involved, client and family, will feel lost and hopeless. As a team of experienced consultants, some which are former felons we will agree to do some hand-holding and provide an informed explanation of what is occurring, how likely it is that a situation may resolve itself, and how to influence various processes. We can become advisors, prison expert, and counselor all wrapped up into one. Much of this work is more of an art than a science, and, therefore, the client pays for our time, not necessarily a specific outcome. We believe this is reasonable since matters such as disciplinary proceedings, transfers, and work detail assignments have no concrete steps which can be taken to obtain the desired result.
This not for profit organization supports the implementation and delivery of culturally appropriate and gender-specific transitional training and services that include one-on-one, group, and peer mentoring services for youth and young adults up to age 24 who have parents in the criminal justice system or coming out of the system. We also work with the parents as well prior to entering the system or as they returning to the community.
Other services may include a broad range of activities, including assessing both risk factors and person’s strengths that can affect recidivism, substance use treatment, and other supportive, comprehensive services to promote responsible parenting and family engagement.
Some of our CORE areas include
Project Reconciliation Strengthening Families and Children of Incarcerated Parents
We work to provide support to other nonprofit organizations that deliver services to foster family engagement between incarcerated parents, children, and caregivers, as well as to promote positive youth development. We are constantly seeing funds to support the development and expansion of services for children who have/had a parent incarcerated at a Federal Bureau of Prisons correctional facility. These efforts may include, but not be limited to:
Our desire to build a robust Juvenile Mentoring Initiative
We are seeking a grant funding from the state, local, and tribal governments; public universities and colleges; and nonprofit organizations to develop, implement, and develop mentoring programs and transitional services for youth returning to their communities from secure confinement or foster care. We will build our programs from existing models and integrate best practices into mentoring service models, develop strategies to recruit and retain mentors, assess the needs of our targeted populations, and developed services and partnerships to address those needs as we see the needs.
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