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Healing Families

"The Healing Families program has really saved my life. I took individual therapy and was able to work through everything I had been through. I took parenting classes, substance abuse classes and grief counseling, and now I'm part of a family coach program, preparing me to leave here."


Kasi shares her story of recovery and family connection.

Wrap Around Services are Provided for Families with an Incarcerated Parent

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The Healing Families program’s mission is to help facilitate successful family reunification for clients who are transitioning out the criminal justice system.

The four 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 is to strengthen and support families affected by maternal incarceration that has recently been sighted as an evidence based practice for working with children of color with maternal incarceration. Also, community volunteers lead recreational activities for Healing Families parents and their children.

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 (decision making) and visitation (parenting time) arrangements for their children. 

4) Fatherhood programming: Individual and group treatment focused on increasing parenting skills, healthy relationships skills, anger management skills, and skills to reduce 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.

Look Up &Hope: Strengthening Families Affected by Incarceration

Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty for children affected by incarceration and walk beside them as they reach their full potential. 


Since 1896, Volunteers of America has been serving prisoners and their families. Reform and redemption were core values promulgated by founders Maud and Ballington Booth. Maud believed in a holistic approach when working with people touched by incarceration, and it is in that vein Volunteers of America advances with its Look Up and Hope: Strengthening Families Affected by Incarceration initiative. 

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