This smaller community-based program for female offenders is one of the key components of our prison reform efforts,” said CDCR Secretary James Tilton. “By providing the opportunity for these women to live with and be parents to their children, we hope to break the intergenerational cycle of incarceration that we see all too often. By opening the third such program in California’s Central Valley, we will be able to provide the type of wrap-around services commonly provided by community-based programs. It also allows for more family visiting with inmates’ families and friends within closer proximity.
This is a wonderful opportunity for West Care to collaborate with the CDCR, said Maurice Lee, Regional Vice President for WestCare California, Inc. There is a tremendous benefit to working together to serve our clients in this community-based setting.
The Family Foundations Program is a community-based residential-type setting for non-serious, non-violent female offenders, the majority of whom have been convicted of drug-related offenses. On-site services include parenting skills, health services, child development services, and vocational skills training. Residents have the benefit of support groups and assistance to establish and enhance close ties with their young children. Additionally, the mothers share cooking and cleaning chores and learn life skills to help improve their employability.
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