In an effort to continue to support and protect children and families in Lincoln County, Sheriff Dennis Dotson is pleased to announce that a six week introduction to parenting skills will be offered to Lincoln County Jail inmates.
Lincoln County Jail, Coastal Families Together, Judge Sanders, Richard Scholl, DHS, Mental Health and CASA have worked together to create an evidence based parenting series. The Nurturing Parenting Skills program that delivers a six week workshop two days per week, inside the jail. One day is devoted to female inmates while the other day is devoted to males. The program is evidence-based and designed to give incarcerated individuals exposure to parenting skills in the hope that they will continue their parenting education after being released from jail. The inmates learn how to be a nurturing parent by understanding the development of children, developing realistic expectations, praising children and their behavior, how to understand and express anger and stress in a positive way and how to take care of their own needs and the needs of their children.
With the assistance of many partners, the Lincoln County Jail is one of a few counties in Oregon to have established a parenting program. There are parenting programs offered at a number of Oregon prisons but very few for county jails. The challenge for parenting programs in jails is that the inmates are incarcerated for shorter periods of time. But the Nurturing Parenting Skills program was designed so that each session is self-contained. If an inmate is only able to attend one series they can still walk away with a skill or strategy to use. The introduction series was designed to be of assistance to the inmate when released from custody, as they will have the opportunity to continue similar classes in the community.
The program is barely a month underway but has already been very well received by the inmates. The facilitators have been very excited by the participant’s reactions and discussions, and are looking forward to continuing the program throughout the year.