ChIPs Mentoring & Circles of Support

New Mentoring Program for Children of Incarcerated Parents from Safer Society on Vimeo.

Above: Safer Society Foundation Executive Director Mary Falcon speaks to Vermont school counselors about a new mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents.

The Fay Honey Knopp Institute is developing a program to help children of incarcerated parents (ChIPs) develop the skills they need to cope with their difficult and unique challenges.

The ChIPs Mentoring and Circles of Support program is based upon the concept of building a team of people to help each child, including a mentor. Our primary goal, which we intend to achieve by the end of the first full year of the program, is to have five to ten active ChIPs mentee-mentor matches, each with a circle of support. That is, in addition to a mentor, each mentee child and his or her legal guardian will have an assigned Safer Society Foundation case manager and a circle of supporting adults, which may include any or all of the following:

  • The child’s school counselor
  • A close family friend or neighbor
  • A spiritual adviser
  • A mental health counselor
  • The child’s parent’s probation or parole officer

With a planning grant from¬†Mobius Mentors, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership¬†we will be formulating a detailed plan for this program with the hope of landing a substantial grant that will enable us to launch the program.

Chad Butt from Mobius Mentors was recently on WCAX TV talking about mentoring programs. He mentioned Safer Society’s ChIPs Mentoring & Circles of Support program. Watch it here:

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