What is Extended Family?
Extended Family provides a support system for families of prisoners. The purpose of this program is to show prisoners’ families how to successfully adjust to a new way of life.
When someone is sent to prison the family left behind struggles with financial, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual challenges. Through the Extended Family program family members learn how to face these challenges together, looking for solutions, and discovering services available in their community to help them through this season in their lives.
Extended Family offers nine unique, solution-based sessions, designed to build self-esteem, ease feelings of shame and isolation, decrease stress, address anger issues, and strengthen communication skills.
How does Extended Family help the families of prisoners?
Extended Family is a three part support system, offering:
- Monthly Family Meetings Monthly family meetings are led by a trained Extended Family Branch Leader and presentations are given on community services, anger resolution, and grief recovery skills. Guest speakers share their expertise on issues pertinent to families of prisoners. Discussion topics range from what to expect at the first visit to how to work with children through this experience. The question we try to answer is, “How can we not do their time?”
- Nation-wide Resource Database Extended Family maintains a nation-wide resource database, referring members to services available in their communities for financial, legal, social, and emotional issues, as well as many others.
- One-on-One Networking System Extended Family One-on-One Networking connects people in similar situations and is the foundation of this program. Through the One-on-One Networking system family members can connect by telephone and e-mail, no matter where they live.