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Board of Directors of the CFCN:
Debra Barriault (Facilitator), New Brunswick
Timothy Buehner (Secretary), Alberta
Mary Radojcic, Ontario
Valerie Corcoran, Newfoundland
Jill Steever, New Brunswick
Dawn Currie, Ontario
Maria Vivas, Quebec
CSC Chaplaincy Liaison with the CFCN Board of Directors:
Rev. Hugh Kirkegaard,
Chaplaincy Branch, CSC
Toll free: 1-888-371-2326
Community Family Liaison Worker:
Ontario Visitor Resource Centres:
Tel: (613) 384-1530
Prisoner's Justice Day - The purpose of this day is to mourn for those who have died in prison and to focus on prison conditions. Those on the inside fast, remember and protest, while those on the outside have education, advocacy and solidarity events. The theme this year is families and CFCN will be at Toronto's event on Saturday, August 10 (11:00am – 5:00pm) at the Church of the Holy Trinity (10 Trinity Square, just west of the Eaton Centre). Everyone is welcome!
Families and Corrections Journal Vol 15 No 2 (Summer 2012) contains information on the new changes to Victims' legislation that is of vital importance. There is a perspective on our current running Family Orientation project by two of our Coordinators. A description of a New Zealand initiative "Close to Home" reintegration project, which uses CFCN's material, provides an interesting comparison between their work and ours here in Canada. And with a spotlight on CFCN, it proudly announces our 20th Anniversary of being able to help families affected by criminal behaviour across Canada and our plans for our Annual General Meeting.
Please take note of our Membership form enclosed in the Journal. CFCN works in partnership with many organizations and our Membership offers us a way to raise funding and connect with our communities.
RESEARCH: FAMILY-BASED REINTEGRATION
Family-based reintegration: The 'original'circle of support and accountability
Families and Corrections Journal Vol 15 No 1 (Spring 2012) contains "Family-based reintegration" - a research report that analyses the Family Liaison Worker (FLW) model of reintegration support for women and their families and the Family Group Decision Making for Reintegration (FGDMR) model of reintegration support for men and their families.
RESEARCH: INCARCERATED FATHERS
Incarcerated fathers: A descriptive
"Incarcerated fathers: A descriptive
analysis" is a quantitative research paper by Lloyd Withers and
Jean Folsom on a sample of incarcerated fathers in a Canadian
federal correctional institution. The study looks at the
pre-incarceration lifestyle of the fathers, their subsequent
contact with their children during incarceration and
- Resource material for families with children:
Jeffrey's going to jail, but he didn't do anything wrong - he's
going to a correctional facility to visit his incarcerated father.
This storybook describes Jeffrey's experience with the metal
detector, the ion scan, the drug dog, and finally being able to hug
Canadian families affected by incarceration can request a free
print copy by contacting the CFCN at
When you are the victim of a crime ...
and a family member is the offender.
'Stranger crime' happens, but crime happens all too frequently
within a known or former relationship. The crime is against a
family member: a spouse, a child, a sibling, a parent, a
grandparent, another relative or a former spouse or partner. The
victim knows the offender. The offence and its effects ripple
through the entire family.
The Canadian Families and Corrections Network knows from its work
with families that the offender is much closer to home than anyone
likes to talk about. The CFCN also takes a wider view, that even if
a family member is not the victim, the family is still harmed by
the criminal behavior of the offender and its consequences on the
The CFCN was interested in the kind of services that the
Correctional Service of Canada's Victim Services could offer to
family-victims. David Molzhan and Christina Guest agreed to discuss
this topic. more ...
- Resource material for family-victims:
One Step at a Time : Reshaping life
following crime within the family.
and Policy Document to Address the Needs of Families of Offenders:
Safety - Respect and Dignity - For all
These policy recommendations on the families of adult offenders is
a ground-breaking document based on an extensive public
consultation process to form the policy recommendations to address
quality of life needs of families affected by incarceration and
FAMILIES AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE -
ESTABLISHING A CONTINUUM OF CARE FOR STRONGER AND SAFER COMMUNITIES
Intake, Assessment and Early Incarceration: Family
The CFCN's Family Orientation Coordinator project provides an
orientation on restorative justice to newcomers at federal Intake
and Assessment Units. The 2.5 hour orientation describes how
criminal behavior and incarceration harms the family and how the
newcomer can reduce the harm to their family. Suggestions are given
on how to write a restorative letter home, how to maintain a
positive relationship with family, and how to nurture the
At the orientation participant's request, the CFCN mails orientation material and
information on community resources to the family, including how the
family can access further information and referral through CFCN's
toll-free number. The family is therefore not financially
disadvantaged by reaching out for assistance.
- Resource material for families at Intake and Assessment:
Time Together :A survival guide for
families and friends visiting in Canadian federal prisons
During Incarceration: Visitor Resource Centres
The Visitor Resource Centre concept is based on restorative justice
principles. Prison is not normal, but being a family is. The VRC
volunteers assist to normalize the family relationship and
parent-child bond during visiting without normalizing crime or
incarceration. The VRCs meet the needs of adults and children
visiting an incarcerated family member or friend by providing a
safe, pleasant environment where all visitors are met with dignity
and respect. The CFCN has VRC's at K.P., Collins Bay, Bath,
Joyceville and Warkworth Institutions.
- Resource material for families during incarceration:
One Day at a Time :Writings by
family members, for family members.
Family Group Decision-making for Reintegration (FGDMR) is a
restorative practice that uses a family group conference to prepare
a family-based reintegration plan. The family is mentored by a
community mentoring team for up to one year, post release, ensuring
a successful family and community reintegration plan. This service
is currently offered to families at Montée St.-Francois Institution
in Laval, Quebec.
Women and their families during reintegration
Women face very different family-related challenges during their
incarceration, particularly around custody and access issues with
- Resource material for families during reintegration:
A New Time is a resource toolkit
developed specifically for federally sentenced women and their
families as they prepare for reintegration into the family and the
Staying Involved. A guide for
The E-newsletter of the CFCN, the Families and
Corrections Journal, will keep you informed on the latest
developments on the family and the corrections process.
Subscription is free. Members of the CFCN receive a hard copy
version with their membership.
- For a free subscription to the electronic version of the
Families and Corrections Journal, please email the CFCN at
email@example.com with Subscribe in the subject line of your
Ion Scanner and the experience of visitors.
This is a web-cast of a CKLN radio interview with the CFCN's Executive Director, and an anonymous family member on the
ion scanner and ion scan technology. The ion scanner is used to
screen visitors for contraband when they visit in a federal
correctional facility. Family members and visitors who have a
'positive hit' on the Ion Scanner go through a Threat Risk
Assessment interview that may result in closed visits, in their
visit being denied or in a physical search.
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL
Searching for information on community organizations that can assist families? Please click here for the CFCN's Directory of Resources for the Families of
Toll free information for families affected by criminal
behaviour, incarceration and family and community
For service in English, please dial : 1-888-371-2326
For service in French, please dial : 1-877-875-1285
There are currently no employment opportunities with the CFCN.