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to assist us in this unique form of crime prevention.
We are trying to fundraise for a costume for our 'Strengthening Families Affected by Incarceration Day' - see the information here and donate under 'Event' in CanadaHelps below.
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to send your contribution to us.
Board of Directors of CFCN:
Debra Barriault (President), Ontario
Valerie Corcoran (Vice President), Newfoundland
Timothy Buehner (Secretary), Alberta
Mary Radojcic, Ontario
Scott MacIssac, Prince Edward Island
CSC Chaplaincy Liaison with CFCN Board of Directors:
Hugh Kirkegaard, Chaplaincy Branch, CSC
Toll free: 1-888-371-2326
Community Family Liaison Worker:
Ontario Co-ordinator and Visitor Resource Centres:
Tel: (613) 384-1530
Support Groups for Families and Friends of Offenders:
CFCN is trying to identify support groups that provide practical information, support and advice for those that have a loved one involved in the justice system. Below are the ones we know about across Canada. If you know of others that are accepting new members, please let CFCN know at (888) 371-2326 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to help us share the information with other families in need.
- The John Howard Society, Vancouver BC
(604) 872-5471 ext.235
- The John Howard Society, Calgary AB
- The Elizabeth Fry Society, Edmonton AB
- The Bridge House, Hamilton ON
- The John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area ON
(905) 522 4446 ext 247
- The John Howard Society, London ON
- Canadian Mental Health Association, Oxford County
(supporting families with Mental Illness/Addiction)
- The John Howard Society of Niagara, St. Catherines ON
- St. Leonard’s Society, Windsor ON
- Community Justice Initiatives, Kitchener ON
(519) 744-6549 x134
- Dismas Fellowship, Toronto ON
- The Salvation Army, Kingston ON
- Kingston Counseling Centre, Kingston ON
- Restoring Dignity and Hope, Barry ON
- MOMS (Mothers Offering Mutual Support) Group, Ottawa ON
- Relais Famille, Montreal QC
- Moncton Community Chaplaincy, Moncton NB
- Concilio Spring House, Springhill NS
What if there is no Support Group
in your area?
Many families tell us they would like to start one so CFCN created a "Guide to Setting up a Family Support Group". It offers answers to all your questions with tips and ideas to help you begin and lead a group.
What if you want to just find something to help yourself?
This "Coping Over Time" guide offers information from family members to family members on ideas, suggestions and advice on how to cope with having a person in your family involved in crime.
WHAT'S NEW AT CFCN?
Our 'Telling the Children' pamphlet has been translated into French, Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic! Will be on the website soon!
Families and Corrections Journal Vol 18 No 1 (March 2015) highlights the impact of crime on the mental health and well being of families. This edition highlights CFCN's recent research, new resources and promotion of our "Strengthening Families Affected by Incarceration" day to help families who are coping with crime.
LATEST RESOURCE - COPING OVER TIME
From our research on how crime is affecting families, we designed this booklet to assist families looking for ideas on how to cope with crime in their families. Families talking directly to families, offering assistance and advice.
Would you like to participate in research about visiting Canadian prisons? Take a short survey at Visiting Survey (opens in a new window)
RESEARCH PROJECT: HAVE YOU BEEN AFFECTED BY A FAMILY MEMBER’S INVOLVEMENT IN CRIME AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM?
A couple of quotes from families about the impact of crime on their families:
"It’s been huge. I feel that I’m like Alice in Wonderland, I’ve fallen down into a place where I don’t know about, where the words are all different, where I don’t know what’s true, what’s not true, who to trust, who to not trust."
"The impact...it’s been devastating. It’s consumed our whole family, our hearts, our family unit. You feel helpless because your family member’s actions are out of your control. Yes, it’s been very hard on the family unit but we’ve all stuck together."
"It’s very, very, difficult. Just because someone does something wrong, you don’t stop loving them. You can’t make yourself stop loving a person, no matter what they do, whether it’s good or whether it’s bad. So, as their journey escalates, you’re taken along on their journey too. And no matter how bad it is or how good it is, you are part of it. So it affects every facet of your life. It affects you in every way."
Here is the final report on this groundbreaking research.
Thank you to all who participated!
Having a loved one incarcerated can be a hardship. Being the direct victim of the crime for which they are serving their sentence is even more challenging. The family is a victim in many of our most serious crimes in Canada including murder, rape, child abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse. There is a focus on ‘stranger’ or ‘acquaintance’ crime while 'direct family-victims' are an unspoken reality.
NATIONAL FAMILY ORIENTATION RESEARCH PROJECT
Thanks to Public Safety Canada funding, Canadian Families and Corrections Network has recently been able to complete some valuable research on the needs, characteristics and experiences of family-victims. Read the Research Summary of the project completed by CFCN and Dr. Stacey Hannem, Criminology Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in our Journal
or the Final Evaluation below. Research Findings begin on Page 17 and Recommendations on Page 40.
Families and Corrections Journal Vol 16 No 1 (Summer 2013) contains the research results of our Family Orientation Project for new offenders at each federal intake unit across Canada which offered inmates the opportunity to provide their family's information packages containing valuable CFCN family resources, CSC, Victim, and Restorative Justice information as well as to collect valuable statistics on families affected by crime. Find it
FAMILY-BASED REINTEGRATION RESEARCH PROJECT
INCARCERATED FATHERS RESEARCH
Family-based reintegration: The 'original' circle of support and accountability
Families and Corrections Journal Vol 15 No 1 (Spring 2012) contains "Family-based reintegration" - a research report that analyses the Family Liaison Worker (FLW) model of reintegration support for women and their families and the Family Group Decision Making for Reintegration (FGDMR) model of reintegration support for men and their families. Find it
Incarcerated fathers: A descriptive
"Incarcerated fathers: A descriptive
analysis" is a quantitative research paper by Lloyd Withers and
Jean Folsom on a sample of incarcerated fathers in a Canadian
federal correctional institution. The study looks at the
pre-incarceration lifestyle of the fathers, their subsequent
contact with their children during incarceration and
Resource material for families with children:
CFCN RESOURCE - JEFFREY GOES TO JAIL
Recognized by the United Nations!
Jeffrey's going to jail, but he didn't do anything wrong - he's
going to a correctional facility to visit his incarcerated father.
This storybook describes Jeffrey's experience with the metal
detector, the ion scan, the drug dog, and finally being able to hug
Canadian families affected by incarceration can request a free
print copy by contacting CFCN at
CFCN RESOURCE - TELLING THE CHILDREN
CFCN is grateful for a generous donation from the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area (CFKA) to allow us to offer a new brochure entitled "Telling the Children - How to Talk to Children about a Loved One’s Incarceration". This resource was created to offer parents, caregivers and teachers information and support on how to explain incarceration to children.
When you are the victim of a crime ...
and a family member is the offender.
'Stranger crime' happens, but crime happens all too frequently
within a known or former relationship. The crime is against a
family member: a spouse, a child, a sibling, a parent, a
grandparent, another relative or a former spouse or partner. The
victim knows the offender. The offence and its effects ripple
through the entire family.
Canadian Families and Corrections Network knows from its work
with families that the offender is much closer to home than anyone
likes to talk about. CFCN also takes a wider view, that even if
a family member is not the victim, the family is still harmed by
the criminal behavior of the offender and its consequences on the
CFCN was interested in the kind of services that the
Correctional Service of Canada's Victim Services could offer to
family-victims. David Molzhan and Christina Guest agreed to discuss
this topic. more ...
Resource material for family-victims:
One Step at a Time
Reshaping life following crime within the family.
and Policy Document to Address the Needs of Families of Offenders:
Safety - Respect and Dignity - For all
These policy recommendations on the families of adult offenders is
a ground-breaking document based on an extensive public
consultation process to form the policy recommendations to address
quality of life needs of families affected by incarceration and
FAMILIES AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
ESTABLISHING A CONTINUUM OF CARE FOR STRONGER AND SAFER COMMUNITIES
Intake, Assessment and Early Incarceration:
Family Orientation Coordinators
CFCN's Family Orientation Coordinator project provided an
orientation on restorative justice to newcomers at federal Intake
and Assessment Units. The 2.5 hour orientation described how
criminal behavior and incarceration harms the family and how the
newcomer can reduce the harm to their family. Suggestions were given
on how to write a restorative letter home, how to maintain a
positive relationship with family, and how to nurture the
At the orientation participant's request, CFCN mailed orientation material and
information on community resources to the family, including how the
family can access further information and referral through CFCN's
toll-free number. The family was therefore not financially
disadvantaged in reaching out for assistance.
Resource material for families at Intake and Assessment:
A survival guide for families and friends visiting in Canadian federal prisons
During Incarceration: Visitor Resource Centres (VRC)
The Visitor Resource Centre concept is based on restorative justice
principles. Prison is not normal, but being a family is. The VRC
volunteers assist to normalize the family relationship and
parent-child bond during visiting without normalizing crime or
incarceration. The VRCs meet the needs of adults and children
visiting an incarcerated family member or friend by providing a
safe, pleasant environment where all visitors are met with dignity
and respect. CFCN currently has VRC's at Millhaven, Joyceville,
Collins Bay, Bath, and Grand Valley Institutions. We are working on
Resource material for families during incarceration:
One Day at a Time
Writings by family members, for family members.
Family Group Decision-making for Reintegration (FGDMR) is a
restorative practice that uses a family group conference to prepare
a family-based reintegration plan. The family is mentored by a
community mentoring team for up to one year, post release, ensuring
a successful family and community reintegration plan.
Resource material for families during reintegration:
A reintegration toolkit to assist families who do not enter into the full FGDMR process to develop their reintegration plan.
Women and their families during reintegration
Women face very different family-related challenges during their
incarceration, particularly around custody and access issues with
their children. CFCN's Family Liaison Worker Project provides female
offenders and their families the opportunity to establish Family
Reintegration Action Plans as they deal with the challenges related
to parenting, child custody, employment and other community
Resource material for families during reintegration:
A New Time
A resource toolkit developed specifically for federally sentenced women and theirfamilies as they prepare for reintegration into the family and the community.
Do you need some support, information or a listening ear?
Would you like to attend a support group for family members who have
a loved one incarcerated? See the list of current Support Groups that
we know about running across Canada
Staying Involved. A guide for
The E-newsletter of CFCN, the Families and
Corrections Journal, will keep you informed on the latest
developments on the family and the corrections process.
Subscription is free. Members of CFCN receive a hard copy
version with their membership.
For a free subscription to the electronic version of the
Families and Corrections Journal, please email CFCN at
email@example.com with 'SUBSCRIBE' in the subject line of your
Ion Scanner and the experience of visitors.
This is a web-cast of a CKLN radio interview with CFCN's Executive Director, and an anonymous family member on the
ion scanner and ion scan technology. The ion scanner is used to
screen visitors for contraband when they visit in a federal
correctional facility. Family members and visitors who have a
'positive hit' on the Ion Scanner go through a Threat Risk
Assessment interview that may result in closed visits, in their
visit being denied or in a physical search.
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL
Searching for information on community organizations that can assist families? Please click here for CFCN's Directory of Resources for the Families of
Toll free information for families affected by criminal
behaviour, incarceration and family and community
For service in English, please dial: 1-888-371-2326
For service in French, please dial: 1-877-875-1285
EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
CFCN hires according to the work and projects we have running across Canada.
There are currently no employment opportunities with CFCN.
We are currently looking for volunteers in Ontario in the Kingston, Kitchener/Waterloo and Guelph areas. Call or email us if you are interested.