Connecting families by making it easier to communicate with parents who are incarcerated.

Veronica C, Jessenia P, Paula M, Andrea T

Our project targets youth who have difficulty visiting their parents in prisons due to income, transportation, or unsupported home environments. We understand that it is crucial for youth to have great relationships with their parents in order to have happier, more successful lives. So, we built a platform to make it easier for them to communicate with each other.

The problem is the amount of youth who are getting incarcerated because their parents are incarcerated as well, and they are not capable of building healthy relationships with each other.

We created a website that allows children and parents to communicate in different ways, like a webcam, texting, and even uploading pictures so that they still have that bond and can support each other through difficult times.

It was really difficult to find API's that were free, and our project had to be connected with the prison system, so right now we have the base and the platform. If we really want it to work, it needs to be connected with the prison system in order to create the change that we want.

"There are 5 million children in our world with incarcerated parents. This project takes the first steps to change that."

Connecting Families is a webcam service designed primarily for youth to interact with incarcerated parents/family members. Currently, 1 out of every 3 children with incarcerated parents is likely to be justice-involved. It is crucial for a child to have a connection with their parent, and it is often difficult for them to be able to make the journey to the prison where their parents are located. Our webcam service would allow for family members of the incarcerated (with a focus on their children) to be able to video chat or text during their visiting hours through a regulated platform. This would allow for more frequent contact between parent and child, and help to establish a healthy relationship, giving the child the opportunity to an emotional support system they may need.

This project was made by Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program students at Moodys (Bay Area).