Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $464,995)
This program will promote and expand services in detention and correctional facilities to incarcerated individuals and their minor children younger than age 18, and provide services to children of incarcerated parents by facilitating access to services that support their needs. This program will provide states and localities with funding to implement positive family engagement strategies and activities that address the needs of incarcerated parents and their minor children.
The County of Bergen, Department of Human Services will use funding to foster family engagement and facilitate connections between incarcerated parents and their children. Proposed programming is composed of parent education workshops and programs that are designed to reduce or prevent trauma-related symptomology, behavioral dysfunction, and/or delinquent behavior exhibited by minor children and adolescents of incarcerated parents. Interventions will be designed to improve parenting and family relationships, reduce behavioral symptoms, and lower the probability of future delinquency. Youth and their parents will be assessed for needed interventions such as counseling, substance abuse, mentoring, and other supportive prosocial and recreational programs. CA/NCF