Model Family Programs for Delinquency Prevention
Rating * Promising Target * 0-18 Speciality * Comprehensive
Program * Project SEEK
Description *

  Project SEEK - Services to Enable and Empower Kids - is an innovative prevention program serving children with a parent in prison. The program targets young children (0-11 years of age) of state prisoners who are serving a sentence of seven years or less. The program is designed to reduce the probability that children of inmates will participate in delinquent or criminal activities and to break the intergenerational cycle of criminality.

The program has four major components: 1) Home visits 2) Advocacy and Referral 3) Support Groups (children, adolescents and care giver) and 4) Communication with the inmate. Intermediate objectives are: 1) to promote social competency, cognitive development, emotional well-being, and family stability of children, 2) to improve the child's caregiving environment by a) promoting the psychological and physical wellbeing of caregivers, b) increasing their ability to meet basic needs, c) improving parenting practices, d) maintaining the parent-child relationship when appropriate while the inmate is incarcerated, and e) assisting with family issues of reintegration to the time of inmate's release.

The evaluation is a longitudinal study using an experimental design. A total of 215 families with 371 children participated in the evaluation. Data is collected at a pretest, 6 months after intake, and yearly thereafter from multiple sources. Participant satisfaction data, qualitative data, and objectives/problems checklists have been collected. Only preliminary analyses have been completed at this time. Positive trends for service vs. Control youth, are identified in increased cognitive skills, academic self esteem, internal locus of control, lower recidivism for inmates, and significantly fewer number of times children changed schools in the first 12 months after intake.

    Contact * Carol Burton, Program Director 
    Address* 806 Tuuri Place 
        Flint, MI  48503
    Phone * 810 767-5750
    Dept. of Health Promotion and Education

Funded by - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention