Family First is an Oregon Department of Corrections family program dedicated to strengthening the relationship between children and their incarcerated parent. Time and separation create real hardship for children of all ages with a parent in prison. Long gaps between visits can seem much longer for children struggling with their deep sense of loss.
Agape Youth has developed a partnership with the Family First program at the Oregon State Penitentiary and at Mill Creek Correctional Facility by providing the following:
- Working closely with the Family First inmate leaders and their prison staff advisors to plan out each event
- Transportation for some families who otherwise would not be able to afford the cost of traveling to the prison
- Donating crafts, games and supplies for the activities the children and their parents participate in during these two hour gatherings
- Supplying volunteers at each event to support the creative activities that provide valuable relationship building between parent and child