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WIARWestern Illinois Animal Rescue (Monmouth, IL)
WIARWoman International Adventure Race
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Pregnant women with a history of drug or alcohol dependence who are entering the state adult corrections system are eligible for WIAR if they have a sentence of less than two years, no history of escape from an adult or juvenile facility, a nonassaultive offense, no criminal sexual misconduct offenses, and no offense involving more than seven grams of an illegal substance.
When eligibility has been established, the pregnant prisoner is transported to WIAR, where she is given a room that has been attractively painted, carpeted, and furnished with a baby crib and dressing table.
Once a woman has moved into WIAR, an initial appointment is made for prenatal care.
After discharge from the hospital, mother and infant are housed in WIAR's special "bonding room," where they remain for the first month.
In addition to intensive prenatal care, WIAR provides individual counseling sessions, group therapy, and didactic sessions for substance abuse, as well as an NA group.
We reviewed birth outcomes of 44 women who participated in WIAR between 1991 and 1995.
Birth outcomes among participants in WIAR clearly were better than those of the women prisoners surveyed in the original needs assessment, as well as better than those among inmates as reported in the literature reviewed earlier.
Although WIAR's original funding was limited to five years, efforts by the social workers who initiated the program resulted in the submission of another successful grant proposal to provide an additional three years of support, including funding for an evaluation that includes comparison groups.