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Street Address:  Level 1/116 Hardware Street, Melbourne Vic 3000 
  Postal Address: P.O Box 14093, Melbourne 8001, Vic.
Phone: 03 9605 1900
  Fax: 03 9602 2355
  Freecall: 1800 049 871
Email: info@vacro.org.au  accounts@vacro.org.au
  Web: www.vacro.org.au

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE

VIDEO VISITS PROGRAM

Video links into prisons for children with an incarcerated mother.

Keeping a strong relationship with children is important to developing strong family ties. However, travelling to visit in person can often be difficult, due to travel time and costs, or being hard to get to. Visiting may also be stressful for young children.

The Video Visits program moved into a new phase in 2018 to keep up with ever changing technology. It is currently piloting digital video visits at Tarrengower Prison. This provides a chance for children to visit mum via a direct digital link to a phone, tablet or computer in their home. This means that the children are in a safe and well known space for a quick chat with mum, or can have a bedtime story read to them IN BED!

Our staff liaise with the families to check their specific needs and ensure that all information required is collected and communication with the prison is efficient. They may also offer support and debriefing with the family by telephone, following the video visit. To be eligible for the program, children and supervising family members/carers must be on the mother’s approved visitation list.

For more information or to apply for the program, contact VACRO on (03) 9605 1900. 

PARENT and FAMILY (PaF) PROGRAM

The PaF Program provides intensive family therapy to help incarcerated parents re-engage and strengthen relationships with their children and families at the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre and Tarrengower Prison. The program is voluntary and provides a multi modal approach of child-focussed individual, couple and family therapy sessions. The focus is to support the process of positive reintegration for these fathers through the strengthening of their parental and family roles and relationships. 

For further information contact VACRO on (03) 9605 1900 or visit our webpage of resources.

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