Sometimes CFCN works directly with families on the outside, in our communities. But we often work with the men and women in our institutions in an effort to assist their families. These highlighted programs and all our work in the prisons are meant to strengthen families, parent-child bonds, and offer information and referrals to all family members.
Visitor Resource Centres
The Visitor Resource Centre (VRC) 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.
CFCN currently has VRC's at Millhaven, Joyceville, Collins Bay, Bath, and Grand Valley Institutions. We are working on further sites.
Family Liaison Worker
The Family Liaison Worker program provides female offenders and their families the opportunity to establish Family Reintegration Action Plans as they deal with the challenges of maintaining relationships during incarceration.
Support is offered in the areas of parenting, child custody, the Mother-Child Program, and Child Link visiting technology as we as assist with community release and reintegration issues.
CFCN currently has an FLW program at Nova Institution for women in Truro, Nova Scotia.
Canadian Families and Corrections Network is launching its newest parenting project with The Movember Foundation and partners across Canada!
It all begins in August 2018 with incarcerated dads in Dorchester Penitentiary NB, Collins Bay Institution ON, and Pacific Institution BC.
Do you know a dad there who might want to build a great relationship with their children? Read more about the project here!