"I've never been anywhere that the people cared about women being with their children, like they do here."
The Healing Families program’s mission is to help facilitate successful family reunification for clients who are transitioning out the criminal justice system.
The five components of the program are:
1) Women’s programming: Individual and group treatment focused on increasing parenting skills, healthy relationship skills, anger management skills, and skills to heal from past trauma. There are family suites at Theodora House where moms can have overnight visits with their children.
2) Family programming: Look Up & Hope is an initiative to strengthen and support families affected by maternal incarceration. This program was recently recognized as an evidence based practice for children of color with incarcerated mothers. Community volunteers also lead recreational activities for parents and their children who take part in Healing Families.
3) Supervised visitaton: Home-based and agency-based supervision is available for families with court ordered supervised visitation requirements due to a disagreement about custody and visitation arrangements for their children.
4) Fatherhood programming: Individual and group treatment focused on increasing skills in regards to parenting, healthy relationships, anger management, and reducing family violence.
5) Aftercare programming: A home-based case manager will follow the families for one year post discharge from Volunteers of America facilities to insure successful family reunification.