What is a family engagement session?
The Department of Corrections has developed “Family Engagement Sessions” to educate families about the corrections system.The session will be facilitated by DOC staff, and will also involve local agencies involved in providing services in the community.The family engagement session is designed to answer the basic questions a family member may have about the process of incarceration, release and supervision after release.What is the purpose of the family engagement session?
The purpose is to provide basic information about the corrections system, where offenders are housed and what programs are available for them.Additionally information about how to cope with an incarcerated loved one and area resources will be available.How long will it last?
For individuals that have a newly incarcerated loved one, the session will discuss issues related to initial incarceration and program availability and will last for one hour.For individuals that have a loved one nearing release, the session is considered to be the “Reentry” session and will last for one hour.The Reentry session will focus on offender needs as they prepare for release and transition back into the community.It is designed for families with a loved one that is within a year of possible release.Why is it important to attend?
If you need assistance or more information about incarceration, the Department of Corrections representatives will be available to answer questions and discuss how to prepare for the offender’s release.What will I learn about?
Topics that will be discussed include: housing, programs, supervision and other concerns of family members in attendance.