Children visit with their mothers in the homelike setting of the MATCH Center, which they often call "Mom's apartment." MATCH Moms can have one three-hour visit each month.
- In the living area, children can snuggle on the couch with a book, or just talk to their moms.
- In the housekeeping area, children pretend to cook, produce creative art, and act out a healthy family life in the dollhouse.
- Children particularly enjoy challenging Mom to foosball or a variety of games for all ages.
- The kitchen is one of the favorite places for the family to gather to cook a meal, bake a cake, and enjoy eating together.
How are MATCH visits different from regular prison visitation?
Up to 25 families may visit at a time.
Children must be accompanied by another adult throughout the visit.
Everyone must stay seated and limited physical contact is allowed.
Nothing is allowed in the room, including books, toys, games, or food.
Officers stand around the room watching the families as they visit and cameras monitor the room.
Caregivers receive no support in traveling from their homes to the prison
One family visits at a time.
Other adult family members are not present.
Hugging, snuggling, playing on the floor, and playing active games are encouraged.
There is an abundance of activities available, and food can be prepared in the kitchen.
Two trained volunteers supervise the visit.
The visit is between a mother and her children.
MATCH helps pay for gas when needed. Children who live too far away to drive are flown to Raleigh twice each year and provided with lodging and transportation.