Abe Brown Ministries, a collaborative member of Children in Hillsborough of Incarcerated Parents (CHIPS), provides an opportunity for children to participate in video visitation with their parents who are incarcerated.
Every Monday at Abe Brown Ministries (ABM), children are able to speak with their parent live via video conferencing technology. The allotted time for the video visitation depends on how many families we are servicing. ABM staff contacts families the week before and sends the correctional officer the information on Friday. Staff then reaches out to families Monday to confirm and coordinate schedules.
The children and caregivers (optional participation) can take part in the video visitation at no cost. Caregivers will need to bring the children to ABM located at 2921 N. 29th Street in Tampa. As the service is available every Monday, the child has a number of opportunities for video visitation with their parent each month.
In addition to the video visitation, participants enrolled in the program have the opportunity to travel to the prisons once a quarter. Transportation and lunch are provided at no charge. The children and caregivers get the opportunity to physically interact with the incarcerated parent during the visit, which consists of games and activities. These visits support and strengthen the bond between parent and child.
The Family Reunification Program is funded by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.
- Children/Caregivers must live in Hillsborough County.
- Children must be 18 years old or younger.
- Parents must be incarcerated in Lowell Annex, Florida Women’s Reception Center, Polk C.I., or Sumter C.I.
- Parents must still have parental rights.