Believing that a strong family connection maximizes a child’s stability and a woman’s chances of success upon reentry, Hour Children’s Centers work to nurture happy, healthy, and caring relationships between incarcerated mothers and their children.
Free bus and van transportation to/from all parts of New York State (and surrounding areas) for children and families, providing regular and affordable opportunities for an incarcerated mother to be visited by her children and family.
Advocacy services provide an opportunity for incarcerated mothers to reach out on a regular basis to their children and the entities that impact their children, including guardians, schools, hospitals, social workers, family courts, and foster care agencies.
Parenting education classes provide support and information to help mothers maximize their efficacy as a parent. Classes of varying lengths provide practical information and also address the unique challenges of parenting from prison. Among others, classes include: Parenting from a Distance, African-American Parenting, Shared Parenting (Managing the Guardian Relationship), Mothers of Adolescents, Parenting Through Art and Poetry, and Prenatal Education.
Case Management Support
Individual, group, and family case management helps women, children, and families navigate the challenges they encounter.
Hour Teen/Pre-Teen Program works closely with adolescent children, their guardians, and their incarcerated mothers to provide special support during the challenging teen/pre-teen years. The program provides regular visitation opportunities, case management, parenting education, outside enrichment, mentoring, and peer support for both the mothers and their children to help children navigate the emotional, academic, and social challenges that become even more complicated with an incarcerated parent.
Birthday celebrations in the Playroom, complete with a cake, donated gifts, and photographs, help children mark these important milestones with their mothers.
Women “shop” for donated toys to present to their children at visits during the holidays.
Women create handmade greeting cards to send to their children to honor birthdays, celebrate holidays, or simply express their love. Cards are mailed by Hour Children’s Center, free of charge to families.
From a broad assortment of donated books, women can select an age-appropriate book for their child and record themselves reading it aloud. The book and cassette recording are mailed, free of charge, to the child who has the benefit of being “read to” by his/her parent, despite her absence.
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
247 Harris Road
Bedford Hills, NY 10507
(914) 241-3100 x 4050/4055
Taconic Correctional Facility
250 Harris Road
Bedford Hills, NY 10507
(914) 241-3010 x 5603