Equipping Children with Incarcerated Parents

Equipping Children of Incarcerated Parents (ECHIPS) is a FailSafe-ERA program designed to reduce the trauma and related challenges that children of incarcerated parents often face.   The incarceration of a household member is one of the ten originally studied Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE’s).  Research has found a distinct connection between parental incarceration and childhood health problems, and school related issues.


The ECHIPS program teaches children social and emotional strategies where they can better cope with the challenges brought on by the situation that they are experiencing.  The specific trauma informed interventions include, psychoeducation about trauma, strategies for identifying distressing and irrational thinking and behavior; relaxation techniques; cognitive reframing, and emotion regulation skills.


 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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