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Mary MacKillop Foundation funds new Tweddle Prison Program

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 27/11/14

A Mary MacKillop Foundation grant will enable a new Prison Program called ‘Dads From A Distance’ be delivered by Early Parenting sector leaders Tweddle. The program, which is receiving in-kind support from The Melbourne Remand Centre, will be delivered in 2015.

The program addresses parenting beliefs, attitudes and practices using strategies that are educative, supportive and practical. There is a particular focus on issues in relation to being an absent father.
In recognising the significance of the father-child relationship these programs aim to engage fathers in developing a new understanding of their parenting role and the importance of maintaining these relationships, especially at a time of great anxiety and distress.

Incarceration has a significant impact on the relationships and bond between parents and their children. Building and maintaining positive connections during imprisonment and preparing for positive reintegration can be vital to the likelihood of reoffending.

Tweddle are extremely grateful to the Mary MacKillop Foundation and The Melbourne Remand Centre for the opportunity to deliver 'Dads From A Distance' and to strengthen families.

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