B’More Reconnects is a three-year federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to provide parenting skill development for parents to address the needs of their children; training for correctional officers to respond to the needs of parents, children, and families during visitation; examine visitation policies at City correctional facilities; and support community-based services to meet the needs of parents and the whole family upon re-entry.
Within the City of Baltimore, an estimated 20,000 children have a parent who is incarcerated or is on parole/probation. High rates of incarceration among Baltimore’s most impoverished communities of color highlight the City’s struggle with institutional and structural poverty and racism. B’More Reconnects strives to address the needs of these children and their parents through pilot projects focused on male and female parents on pre-release status in several facilities within DPSCS. This project builds on preliminary efforts in the City to address the needs of families faced with incarceration through working with arresting officers to reduce trauma to children upon arrest and with school staff to understand the trauma faced by students of incarcerated parents.
Questions? Contact Kate Sweeney, Project Manager, at Ksweeney@ssw.umaryland.edu
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