Brothers’ Keeper/Sisters’ Keeper
Inmate fathers and mothers who complete parenting classes and desire additional individualized parenting support are linked to a personalized volunteer support system, “Brothers’ Keeper” or “Sisters’ Keeper.” This proven system ensures that the parent will be connected with a positive influence, someone who will be a source of emotional support, spiritual guidance, hope, and encouragement. The “Keepers” serve as parenting coaches to assist inmates with parenting their children from inside the prison and even after release, they help to maintain and strengthen inmate parents’ personal commitment to be positive influences in the lives of their children.
- Break the cycle of crime within families, reduce the rate of recidivism, and decrease the chances of self-destructive behavior
- Re-establish, strengthen and maintain emotional connections between parent and child
- Increase positive parental involvement in their children’s education, to improve behavior and well-being at home, in school and in the community
- Improve relationships between youth, parent and caregiver
- Improve school attendance and academic achievement
…in the lives of children with a parent in prison. Of the children and youth involved in Parenting With Purpose programs:
- 94% have shown notable academic improvement.
- 96% stay in school.
- 96% have demonstrated good behavior in school.
- 96% of those mentored remain crime-free.
- 100% are able to remain in contact with their incarcerated or released parent.
… in the lives of incarcerated parents participating in a Parenting With Purpose class:
- 81% graduates are more involved in their children’s school while incarcerated.
- 86% of released parents remain crime-free.
- 85% of incarcerated parents served rated themselves higher in their parenting skills after they completed the parenting classes.
- 91% of families involved in the mentoring program showed improvement in their family relationships.
- 100% of parents released acquired a job or schooling and safe housing.