CHILDREN AND FAMILY

To prevent intergenerational offending, the ISCOS Fairy Godparent Programme (FGP) helps the children of inmates and ex-offenders from low-income families pursue a good education and acquire positive life skills. We also extend friendship and support to the beneficiaries and their family members so that they can aspire towards achieving a better future.

What is intergenerational offending?

Intergenerational offending refers to the observed phenomenon that offending tends to run in families. Past research studies (local and overseas) have shown that when one or both parents are incarcerated, there is a higher likelihood that the child may follow the parent’s missteps to commit offences, as compared to the general public.

Key FGP Initiatives

The programme supports beneficiaries in various initiatives according to three domains: Student Development, Family Support and Home Environment.

Student Development

Bursary Award and Book Grant

A reward for hard work and perseverance, the bursary award and book grant are offered to motivate student beneficiaries who demonstrate dedication and perseverance in studies, despite their challenging circumstances. Every eligible student will receive a reward ranging from $200 to $500 each (in the form of cash and/or vouchers) that can be used to pay for essential school items or supplement any other educational needs.

Sponsored Tuition

Sponsored tuition classes are specifically tailored to support underperforming students who require a stronger foundation in English and/or Mathematics/Science in order to catch up with their school work. The selected beneficiaries will be provided with professional tuition lessons at MOE-accredited tuition centres.

Youth Engagement Platform

This is an outreach platform to youth beneficiaries aged between 15 and 21 through pro-social activities to build rapport, and for them to share issues and ideas they face in their adolescence. We also hope to be able to help detect and correct maladaptive development early.

Frequency: Every two months (January, March, May, July, September, November), on every 4th  Thursday.

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Family Wellness and Bonding

Family Wellness and Bonding

Bi-annually, ISCOS organises enrichment workshops for children, youth and their parents at the Tri-Events. These include family bonding activities that emphasises on positive values, life skills, and family stability.

In addition, an annual Family Day is planned to give beneficiaries the opportunity to bond during a fun day out.

Mothers' Support Group

This is a supportive and friendly platform for  mothers and caregivers under the programme to do pro-social activities together, and to share and help each other out with their unique set of challenges and experiences.

Frequency: Monthly (Every last Tuesday of the month)

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Televisit Sessions 

To better help our beneficiaries to strengthen family relationships while a loved one is incarcerated, we have opened a televisit facility in our iCosy Hub. Inmates may speak with their family members in televisit sessions half an hour each.

Setting up a Home Study Corner (LEAP)

The Living Environment Assistance Project (LEAP) supports children who do not have a conducive home study area. With the support of corporate partners and volunteers, ISCOS provides them with study tables and chairs (and reorganisation, if required) so that they may have a better home learning environment. Stressing on the importance of their involvement in the children’s education, ISCOS case coordinators will also share valuable tips and available learning resources with parents and caregivers.