On December 15, 2009, the Children of Incarcerated Parents Program (CHIPP) hosted its sixth annual holiday party at the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island. The event, a joint effort between New Yorkers For Children, the Administration for Children’s Services, and the Department of Corrections, brings children in foster care together with their mothers who are incarcerated to celebrate the holidays. The event serves to maintain bonds between children and their mothers and create lasting family memories.
As the children arrived at the party, they were greeted by Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and one of Santa’s helpers. The children listened to Christmas stories read by Santa’s helper and joined their mothers to sing Christmas carols and draw pictures. The families enjoyed a special holiday meal, and each child received a Christmas gift donated by NYFC. The children were excited to share a fun day with their mothers, and every family embraced the opportunity to spend time together during the holiday season.
NYFC is proud to support CHIPP again this year. Happy holidays!