Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP) Program Allows Prison Visits with Dads

Three children attending Camp Spaulding in Penacook this August, activities will include traditional camping activities and some not-so-traditional field trips. The children, who have a father in a New Hampshire State Prison, will spend five hours for two days in prison with their dads.
The camp is the first of its kind in New Hampshire and one of a few nationwide. It is an initiative of the Family Connections Center, a collaboration of the Department of Corrections, UNH family studies department and Child and Family Services.
“Our goal is to get these fathers connected to their families, so they will get out and pay child support and emotionally support their kids,” says. Kerry Kazura, associate professor of family studies at UNH, who helped create the Family Connections Center.
The Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP) program offers children the opportunity to enjoy two weeks of summer camp adventures during which they will come together with other children in a similar circumstance.
Campers will visit their fathers at New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord on August 21 and 23, 2012 for five hours each day.

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