( Concord , NH ) An open house occurred at the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord to celebrate the expansion of the Family Connections Center in order to provide more services to more offenders. The program, which has offices in Laconia and at the Shea Farm Transitional Housing Unit in Concord , will be provided at the NH State Prison in Concord and the Northern NH Correctional Facility in Berlin .
The Family Connections Center works in conjunction with Child and Family Services of New Hampshire, which facilitates the grant funding for the program.
“The funding allows the department to build upon the past successes of the program and offer these services to a larger number of offenders than ever before,” Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn said.
The Family Connections Center is a support program that works with incarcerated parents and their families. The program was designed by Program Administrator Kristina Toth and began at the Lakes Region Facility in 1998 with grant funding and community collaborations.
“The unique support opportunities offered to inmates who choose to participate in the Family Connections Center can assist them in making the right choices when they return to the community,” Commissioner Wrenn said. “Kristina and her team are to be commended for their efforts, which affect so many lives in a positive way.”
In 2006, 79 inmates completed the Fathers Connecting with Children parenting education class, 154 attended life skill seminars facilitated by outside presenters, 104 attended weekly parenting support groups, 63 audiotapes with fathers reading were sent home with brand new books to each child and 264 semi-private program visits took place between incarcerated fathers and their children.