Participants in MATCH must meet certain criteria that include the recommendation of their social worker, a sentence of seven years or longer, no conviction of a crime against a child, legal visitation rights with their children, and consent from the caregivers.
Most importantly, they must meet standards of good behavior to apply for MATCH, and then must maintain those standards to continue having visits with their children.
It is considered an honor for an inmate to be a MATCH Mom, and they do their best to retain this privilege.Mothers complete a comprehensive parenting education course specifically designed for them that covers:
- A critical look out how they were parented when they were growing up
- Physical, social, emotional, and moral development of children
- Effective communication skills
- How to discipline children so that they grow into responsible adults
- Negotiating responsibilities of co-parenting with their children's caregivers
- Resolving conflicts
MATCH Moms have continuing education through monthly Ongoing Parenting Classes and activities. Volunteers for MATCH visits prepare a written summary of the visit that includes the good parenting skills that they observed and any issues or concerns that need attention. Moms receive individual consultations and coaching as needed.
"I discovered that I can be more of a part of my child's life than I ever imagined, even though I am locked up."
"I have learned to be a more patient and understanding mother. Now I know how to handle situations in a calmer way, through communication. In my daily life, I will use my new found patience to deal with other situations that occur."