Unique Program Gives Children an Opportunity to Bond with their Incarcerated Mothers
DECATUR, Illinois – August 7, 2012 – The Illinois Department of Corrections is hosting the “Mom and Me Camp” at two facilities in Central Illinois next week. This program runs August 5th- 8th at the Lincoln Correctional Center and the Decatur Correctional Center.
“We are so proud of this unique program and every year look forward to Mom and Me Camp”, said Deb Denning, IDOC Chief of Program Services. “This camp gives children and their mothers an opportunity to communicate and bond in a way that is impossible during short visits in a visiting room. Mothers walk away from the experience encouraged and committed to becoming a better parent; while children get that much needed attention and love that only a mother can give.” DECATUR, Illinois – August 7, 2012 – The Illinois Department of Corrections is hosting the “Mom and Me Camp” at two facilities in Central Illinois next week.
Mom and Me Camp is a unique program that brings children ages seven through twelve together with their incarcerated mothers for three days of activities at the correctional centers. The children arrive at East Bay Camp near Bloomington on Sunday, and then travel to the correctional centers by bus where they spend the day with their mom and participate in planned activities. Moms and children get to play games, make crafts, and spend much needed quiet time together.
In the evenings, the children return to the Bloomington camp where they are supervised by volunteers and participate in traditional summer camp activities like swimming, nature hikes, and campfires.
This year 49 volunteers will assist at the two facilities as part of the camp. This year 21 children and 15 moms will participate at the Lincoln Correctional Center, and 15 children and 13 moms will participate at the Decatur Correctional Center.
Mom and Me Camp is a cost neutral faith-based program where volunteers and staff strive to show the children and mothers how much they are valued and loved. This is the 11th
year for the program in Lincoln, and the sixth year in Decatur.
IDOC is committed to operating a safe and secure prison system as well as enhancing prison-based treatment, prevention programs and the successful reentry of inmates into society.