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    Celebrating
    Lighting The Way 2019!

    Enjoy photos and
    listen to speeches from the event
    here.
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    Creating
    Career Pathways
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    Reconnecting Families
  • "The Sing Sing children’s center allows kids to interact with their daddies. They play games, color, read, and even make special projects during the holidays! My husband took Osborne’s parenting classes which helped his relationship with our babies. He has more patience, less anger, and he is the loving man he was prior to what led to his incarceration."

    - Jennifer L.

  • "After 6 months of treatment, I obtained my OSHA license, stopped smoking cigarettes, and achieved drug abstinence after being a daily user. I enrolled in culinary arts school and am employed with Osborne’s Fresh Start Catering."

    - Kim W.

  • "When I first got to Osborne, I didn’t have parental rights of my daughter. Because of the Fatherhood Initiative, three months after starting the program, the judge was able to give me back my daughter. So I have all my parental rights again and I’m doing amazing."

    - Charles K.

  • "I’ve grown mentally, physically and spiritually. I would have never thought in a million years that I would be in this position I am in now."

    - Raymonita M., now a Janitorial Maintenance Crew Chief and NYSID Joslin Award Winner, completed Osborne’s Longtermers Responsibility Project and Treatment Services program

  • "The Youth Experience Success [peer support community] provides me with a safe and loving environment and staff who go to every extent to help me reach my fullest potential.... This opportunity has given me the chance to explore possibilities and allowed me to believe that anything is possible if I set my mind to it."

    - Shiane C.

  • Our blog contains stories about individuals who have participated in programs at the Osborne Association and used that opportunity to transform their lives. Individuals in jail and prison face many challenges upon release that can include unemployment, substance reliance or lack of stable housing. These recent pieces tell the stories of individuals who succeeded in the face of these challenges:

News


 
For Mother's Day, Advocates and Legislators Rally in Harlem for the Rights of Children of Incarcerated Parents

For Mother's Day, Advocates and Legislators Rally in Harlem for the Rights of Children of Incarcerated Parents

May 10, 2019

Legislation would Address New York’s Homegrown Family Separation Crisis

New York, NY - May 10, 2019 – Today, state lawmakers and a broad coalition of advocates, children of incarcerated parents, and community leaders from the Osborne Association, We Got Us Now, Release Aging People in Prison, the NY Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents, Brooklyn Defenders, The Bronx Defenders, and Coalition for Women’s Prisoners gathered at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building to acknowledge Mother’s Day and call for immediate action to support and strengthen in-person visiting in New York State jails and prisons.

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A Teary Stacey Abrams Just Dropped Major Hints About Her Next Move

A Teary Stacey Abrams Just Dropped Major Hints About Her Next Move

May 09, 2019

“There are few things that bring tears to my eyes and emotion to my voice but clarity to my thinking and it is the commitment to justice in our criminal justice system.”

 

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Technology Helps Keep Families Connected While A Parent Is Jailed

Technology Helps Keep Families Connected While A Parent Is Jailed

Apr 26, 2019

By Maura Christie 
PUBLISHED 1:39 PM ET Apr. 25, 2019

When a parent is sent to jail or prison, the bond with their child is often lost or put in jeopardy.

Now, there's a new program to help make sure families don't miss out on that precious time.

Technology like FaceTime and Skype will start playing a role in eight prisons, allowing parents that are incarcerated to visit with their children more often.

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Senator Tim Kennedy Announces $180,000 Grant to Bring Osborne Association's FamilyWorks Program to Buffalo to Allow Families to Visit with Incarcerated Loved Ones via Video

Senator Tim Kennedy Announces $180,000 Grant to Bring Osborne Association's FamilyWorks Program to Buffalo to Allow Families to Visit with Incarcerated Loved Ones via Video

Apr 25, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) joined leaders from the Osborne Association and Community Health Center of Buffalo to announce a $180,000 grant he secured in the state budget to launch FamilyWorks Buffalo, a new program that will offer community outreach, training, and technical assistance to Buffalo agencies, and free, clinically-supported video visiting to children of incarcerated parents. The program will build on the Osborne Association’s longstanding services for children and families, utilizing existing technology and scheduling infrastructure that have been developed over the past two decades in partnership with the state. The groundbreaking program will allow families to visit with their incarcerated loved ones via video at eight prisons. Family-friendly video visiting rooms are designed as living room spaces and include toys and books, allowing families to feel comfortable and at home while e-visiting with family members. While the video visits are not meant to replace in-person visits, which are critical for building and maintaining a parent-child bond, they will supplement them and give families additional opportunities to interact with their incarcerated loved ones.

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