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Prisoners With Children

The Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents [CCIP] was created to produce documentation on and demonstrate model services for these special children and their families. CCIP has four components which include 17 individual projects.

The Information Component conducts research, provides technical assistance and produces publications. One project of this component, THE CLEARINGHOUSE at Pacific Oaks has a collection of over 3500 documents and audiovisual items, including items such as the Prison MATCH Parenting Series and publications for children. Over 300 of these items are available free to prisoners and their families.

The Education Component conducts seven different training projects for incarcerated parents, probationer parents, parents in recovery from substance dependency and care givers of prisoners' children. The Prison Parents' Education Project is a 32 week correspondence course offered nationally to any state or federal prisoner. Curriculum manuals for all CCIP training projects are sold through THE CLEARINGHOUSE.

The Family Reunification Component includes a mentoring program for pregnant, jailed women; an assessment and referral project for local families with children in the juvenile justice system and a child custody advocacy project. The CHICAS [Child Custody Advocacy Services] Project assists incarcerated parents throughout the US with child custody issues.

The Therapeutic Component provides school-based therapeutic interventions to children of prisoners and former prisoners. The Therapeutic Intervention Project [TIP] is the only program of its kind in the US. TIP provides weekly group counseling for the children, family support services for their parents or care givers, and teacher training.

The Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents is a child advocacy program of Pacific Oaks College & Children's Programs. All salaried CCIP staff members are former prisoners. CCIP has served over 5000 clients since it opened in 1990; all basic services are free to prisoners and their families. Prisoners and others may write for a brochure to:

The Center For Children of Incarcerated Parents
714 West California Boulevard
Pasadena, California 91105

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