Justice System - Children and Their Families
Mom and Me
Two-thirds of female inmates are mothers. The vast majority of these are single parents living below the poverty line. It is vital for the long-term success of both mother and child that they have ongoing opportunities to bond. EFry's Mom and Me program offers helps women in Aloutte Correctional Centre for Women and the Surrey Pretrial Centre keep in touch with their families.
EFry's Storybook program brings parents and children together through the power of reading. EFry supplies new, age-appropriate books and records inmate parents reading them aloud. A CD player and the recordings are then sent to their children, giving them an opportunity to share a story together. The Storybook program is one of EFry's most successful prison programs. It is available at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, Fraser Valley Institution and Surrey Pretrial Centre. Due to its popularity with both mothers and fathers at Surrey Pretrial, the Storybook program was expanded into the all-male Ferndale Institution in early 2010.
Girls' Prison Advocacy
EFry supports girls in custody at the Burnaby Youth Custody Centre by ensuring they understand their rights and teaching them self-advocacy skills.
Burnaby Youth Custody Centre Services
EFry volunteers support youth of both sexes by providing recreational, educational and one-on-one visitation opportunities.