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Belonging to family



The Belonging to family program is designed for Indigenous fathers with 6-12 months to serve in the Mid North Correctional Centre, at Aldavilla near Kempsey in New South Wales.

This ten week program uses group work to maintain and strengthen the connections between Indigenous inmates and their partners, their children, their children's carer, their extended family, and/or their community Elders. The program aims to reduce recidivism by providing the inmates with a closer bond with their children, healthier family relationships, and support during and after release. They are invited to consider their importance to, and responsibility for, their children's wellbeing and their future, as well as that of their partner, and increasing their self-knowledge in the process.

Referral forms are available to the inmates from the case officers in the Mid North Correctional Centre.

Resources for this program include posters and a brochure which use artwork by an inmate of the correctional centre. The artwork uses traditional Indigenous iconography to show connections between inmates and their families and communities on the other.

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SHINE for Kids
PO Box 67
Ermington NSW 1700
Ph: (02) 9714 3000
Fax: (02) 9714 3033


Last updated: 17 August 2015
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