The IMCOP Project initiative, a partnership between Illinois Department of Human Services and Chicago Area Project seeks to foster positive, long term, one-on-one relationships between mentors over age 19 and school-age children (ages 4 – 18) of incarcerated parents.
This effort is intended to promote positive childhood/adolescent development and, thereby, reduce risk-taking behaviors and potential involvement in the criminal justice system. The ultimate goal is to afford children relationships that have the capacity to build trust, promote positive self-regard, and enhance their capacity for attachment.
Mentors are recruited through partnerships with faith-based and community-based organizations in targeted communities then screened, matched and supervised by CAP.
young people between the ages of 4 – 18 and their care providers who live in or near Chicago Community Areas of Humboldt Park and Roseland communities.
The IMCOP Project is funded through the Administration for Children and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) for Mentoring Children of Prisoners.
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