FamilyWorks Graduates celebrate at Sing Sing

23 September 2019

On Wednesday, September 19, more than 100 guests joined our FamilyWorks program graduates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York. We couldn't be prouder of the more than fifty men (and their partners) who complete the program every year.

Among others, Senator Luis R. Sepúlveda, Superintendent Michael Capra, and Osborne President & CEO Elizabeth Gaynes addressed the graduates prior to the awarding of their diplomas. Following the award ceremony, the graduates shared a lunch with their family, children, and the guests.

In addition, four graduates shared their experiences taking part in FamilyWorks. Wilfredo Laracuente, a long-time clerk in the Sing Sing Family Center, said "It allowed me to cultivate a voice with my (two) daughters... to create a stronger bond with them."

Donnell and Cierra Jackson are graduates of the Connected Couples course, an element of our FamilyWorks program that provides couples with relationship-strengthening skills and knowledge. "Instead of treating parental incarceration as a handicap, time, energy, and critical thinking would be better spent on developing solutions that keep our children learning in our absence. However, giving our love through actions is our number one priority," said Donnell.

FamilyWorks was established in 1986 as the nation’s first comprehensive parenting program in a men’s state prison. Now offered in 8 NY prisons and supported by NYS DOCCS and private contributions, FamilyWorks includes three core courses (Parenting, Strengthening Relationships, and Connected Couples) as well as the Fatherhood Forum and Family Visiting Center inside prison visiting rooms.

We were also joined by News 12 who covered the event. You can see their coverage here:

View photos from the graduation here.