Gordon Hinkle (916) 445-4950
Peggy Bengs (916) 261-2282
SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Center for Restorative Justice Works (CRJW) are again bringing together hundreds of children to visit their incarcerated fathers to celebrate Father’s Day during the Annual Get On The Bus event.
In addition, Get On The Bus has launched two pilot projects to bring children for the first time to California State Prison, Solano and Salinas Valley State Prison.
Get On The Bus provides children and their caregivers with travel bags for the children, comfort care bags for the caregivers, a photograph of each child with his or her father, and meals for the day. The meals include breakfast, snacks on the bus, lunch at the prison and dinner on the way home. On the bus trip home following the visit with the fathers, each child will receive a teddy bear with a letter from his or her father as well as post-event counseling. The program is funded by donations from churches, schools, family foundations, grants and other organizations.
"A child needs to see and know their father is safe and to know they are loved,” added Sister Suzanne.
Get On The Bus reunited children with their mothers on May 7, 2010 for Mother's Day at three California women’s institutions.
To view photos of last year’s event, visit the CDCR Flickr Photo Gallery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37381942@N04/sets/72157624191882144/