PATCH of Chillicothe provides mothers housed at the Chillicothe Correctional Center, and their children, services necessary to maintain contact and strengthen family relationships during periods of separation due to incarceration. Services during this time help to increase protective factors and reduce the risk of abuse and neglect when the incarcerated parent is reunified with their child(ren). PATCH provides: required parent education classes to increase understanding and improve the parenting skills of incarcerated mothers; supervised visits in PATCH visiting rooms between mother and her children; transportation for children who need rides to visit their mothers in prison; and ongoing support and encouragement to help mothers improve interactions with their children. Moms must complete an eight week parent education course using Turning Points, a promising practice parent training program, in order to be eligible for a 4-hour visit with their child(ren) through the PATCH program. Additional visits may be earned through on-going participation in the PATCH Parent Support Group meetings.
For more information:
Barb Burton, Program Director