Caring Connections

FailSafe-ERA Caring Connections is designed to promote confidence, respect, and positive behavior.  It is the bridge to prevent generations of incarceration.  The overall mission is the social and emotional well-being of children, youth, and families; particularly those who are involved in the criminal justice system themselves or is a child whose parent is currently or formerly incarcerated.  Preventing Generations of Incarceration is both proactive and preventative in nature. There are three sub programs, each with a somewhat different vision; however, they all serve the same mission.


  •  ECHIPS (Equipping Children with Incarcerated Parents) will reduce the trauma and related challenges that children of incarcerated parents often face. Children with incarcerated parents can suffer from long-term emotional and social consequences that can affect their well-being.  Additionally, they are at risk of juvenile detention.  Our focus is on protective measures resulting from adverse childhood experiences (ACES), self-image discussion, increasing confidence and self-esteem, improving communications with their families, and understanding the importance of managing their emotions.  ECHIPS meets with elementary aged children in the local schools and region’s boys and girls club.  Learn More, Click Here. 


  • WIGS (Women Inspiring GirlS) focuses on assisting girls in the enhancement of self-esteem and self-worth while building a positive identity, lessening their influence in criminal activity.  It is a group coaching and mentoring program for girls ages 11-18.  WIGS impart wisdom, provide direction and guidance, and walk alongside the girls/young ladies as positive role models.  WIGS promote social and emotional development; as well as opportunities to build lasting relationships that produces positive outcomes. Learn More, Click Here. 


  • Caring Connections support group for the adult family member is designed to teach, in a supportive and non-judgmental environment, the techniques to properly grieve the loss of their incarcerated loved ones and how to survive the incarceration process, the most common being the shame associated with admitting that incarceration has touched their lives.  Individuals learn how to manage expectations and how not to become an enabler once the loved one returns home. Learn More, Click Here. 


 4701 Market Street, Suite H, Fredericksburg, VA 22408   Phone: 540-479-3021


We assist returning citizens and families affected by incarceration, by providing the resources and tools to help these families rebuild, succeed and thrive during their transition back into our communities.

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