CLICC works in participating CT Department of Correction prisons with incarcerated parents who are within three years of their release date. Trained parent mentors meet weekly with CLICC parents, either individually or in groups, for 6 months. In these settings, mothers and fathers use the CLICC literacy and mentoring model to increase communication with their children, get help for questions and concerns that boost their confidence as parents, and work on short- and long-term planning for their lives, post-release. They discuss books they're reading with their children, and may even share letters and pictures from home.
In the 6 months following release, that same CLICC mentor meets individually with parents, offering continued support for positive communication with their children, and referrals to community resources for parents and children as requested. Most important, the mentor knows the parent and is committed to his or her successful transition back to the community.
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