Every individual entering the criminal justice system is connected with family members and communities that share the consequences. Families in Crisis supports families whose lives and relationships have been disrupted when a family member enters the criminal justice system; strengthens communities by helping offenders rebuild their lives and reenter society; and promotes systemic change by educating the public and policymakers about the impact of incarceration on families and the connection between preserving family ties and reducing recidivism.
In October of 1975, a small group of concerned citizens lead by Margaret Worthington, explored the need for services for women who had a loved one in prison. Meetings with officials from the CT Department of Correction, Prosecutors of the Hartford Superior Court and faculty from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work resulted in the formation of a Board of Directors in February of 1976 called Women in Crisis. The Agency incorporated on July 1, 1979 as a private not for profit and tax exempt organization. A volunteer Board of Directors governs the Agency. In 1985, the Agency changed its name to Families in Crisis, Inc. to better identify the population served. Families In Crisis focuses on the dynamics of the family unit and the significant role that these relationships play in helping offenders and their families rebuild their lives. FIC’s services are an important addition to the criminal justice system’s efforts to reduce recidivism and to prepare offenders to be productive members of their families and communities.
FIC provides specialized services that strengthen families, enhance community safety, and promote individual responsibility. FIC is one of only a few organizations dedicated to meeting the critical needs of offenders and their families. Families of offenders, especially children with parents who are incarcerated, have special needs. Offenders who rejoin families and reenter communities make a much better adjustment if the family has a “safety net.” Family relationships play a significant role in helping offenders rebuild their lives. Experience has taught us that if an offender maintains a positive family and has the skills to be successful within that context, the chances of successful reentry into the community increase and recidivism diminishes.
Our programs and services for offenders and their families are based on documented best practices in the field and are designed to help preserve and strengthen family ties. Families in Crisis understands that without interventions, incarceration becomes a cycle that often repeats itself. In order to significantly improve the lives of our clients, Families in Crisis is committed to meeting the unique needs of families in a comprehensive and holistic fashion.