AIM’s particular focus is on mothers who have had involvement with the criminal justice system. It provides comprehensive clinical, legal advocacy, and other support services to women in and out of prison, including the following:
- Individual one-on-one therapy and counseling;
- Psychological assessments and psychopharmacology;
- Legal training for women ex-offenders on DCF and legal issues around domestic violence/sexual assault and family law;
- Referrals to other agencies for assistance with housing and areas of particular importance to women with children;
- Support services and emergency assistance for basic necessities; and
- Support groups and classes on Parenting, Anger Management, Trauma, Self-esteem Reinforcement, and Relapse Prevention.
AIM provides a continuum of involvement with women prisoners and, often, their children. AIM staff present Legal Workshops on Child Custody and Visitation at MCI-Framingham and South Middlesex Correctional Center. AIM is currently operating a child visitation program at South Middlesex Correctional Center in Framingham.
AIM also presents a Parenting Course at the Suffolk County Women’s Resource Center and, in collaboration with ABCD, a similar course at South Bay that deals with anger management and other issues and includes referrals made to SPAN. Call Jean Fox at 617-536-0058 for more information and requirements for admission.
In collaboration with Educational Development Corporation, AIM recruits, trains and supervises adult mentors for children of mothers in prison. CAMP – Children and Mentors Partnership – matches adult mentors with children of incarcerated parents.
24-hour Hotline for emergencies: 1-888-246-4302.