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The Parenting Special Interest Group’s initiatives include

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The Parenting Special Interest Group’s initiatives include:

  • Establishing a parenting network – Newsletters, handbooks and other information are distributed to a network of over 700 correctional educators, volunteers and administrators in over 30 states.

  • Publishing a newsletter – A bi-monthly Parenting Connections newsletter has been published for parenting educators working in correctional settings regularly since November 2004. The newsletters highlight innovative parenting skills programs, parent/child reading projects, family support and mentoring programs, community resources, teaching methods, and special projects.

  • Posting information on websites – Articles and newsletters are regularly posted on the www.ceawisconsin.org, www.ceanational.org, and www.fairshake.net websites.

  • Presenting workshops at professional conferences – The Parenting SIG has spread the word regarding the importance of providing Parenting programming in corrections by encouraging parenting instructors to conduct dozens of workshops at national, regional, and state correctional and education conferences.

  • Publishing handbooks for incarcerated parents and their families – Two handbooks have been published by the Parenting SIG, Reaching Out: A Handbook for Parents Incarcerated in Wisconsin and Reaching In: A Handbook for the Families of Parents Incarcerated in Wisconsin.

  • Serving as an advocate for parenting programs in corrections – Information has been furnished to governmental workgroups, correctional administrations, and community organizations at the national, state and county levels.

  • Serving as a resource for parenting instructors – Advice on developing Parenting programs is provided upon request to correctional educators seeking information on teaching or developing parenting programs.

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