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Children are the overlooked victims of their mother’s crimes. When a mother goes to prison, her children often feel abandoned. Anger and depression lead to increasingly reckless behavior, making them more likely to be incarcerated themselves. MATCH provides a home-like center at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh where qualified women visit with their children to strengthen their bonds of love to break the cycle of children following their mother’s path to prison.

Remember the first time you said something, gasped, and said, “Oh no, that sounded just like my mother (or my father!)”? We learn many things unconsciously from our parents, including our way of parenting. That may be good, but what if you didn’t have loving and wise parents who looked after your best interests? That is the case for many of the women who are now in prison and who are mothers themselves. The first thing MATCH Moms do is to learn new ways to communicate with their children, nurture them and show them they are loved. When they complete our eight-week Basic Parenting Class, they can begin visiting with their children in the MATCH Center. Chrissie recently graduated from the Parenting Class. She says, “My mother and I never had a real relationship. She let me do whatever I wanted as long as I was out of her way. She had abusive boyfriends and always put them first instead of me. “I won’t let her dictate my future anymore. I am determined to be a better mother to my daughter Maleah. I want her to know that she can talk to me about anything. I want her to know that I love her more than anything. I am thankful for being able to begin a better relationship with her through MATCH.”

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Mailing address for check donations: MATCH, P. O. Box 14469, Raleigh, NC 27620-4469

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