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The Parenting Sentencing Alternative

October 23, 2019

By Tim Kelly

DOC Communications

(Tim Kelly, DOC Communications)

After spending time at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor, Chantal Trotter was looking to make a change in her life. Being a mother, she wanted to reconnect with her children and thanks to the Community Parenting Alternative (CPA), she was able to accomplish that goal.

“Everybody kind of says I got a second chance, that I started my life over but really I got a new life because the old life I was living wasn’t something that was really gainful,” said Trotter.

Her 11-year-old daughter lives with her and Chantal has also been able to reconnect with her older children. When she joined the CPA program, she was able to get a job at Subway while she worked on finding employment with the skills she learned as part of the Trades Related Apprenticeship Coaching (TRAC) (pdf) program.

Programs like the Community Parenting Alternative help the department in its mission to improve public safety by positively changing lives. It supports people’s success by instilling hope, embracing change, and providing opportunities, which are key values of the department.

“It’s actually been really great, the whole process so far. It’s been real satisfying to know that obstacles are put in front of you and they are really easy to achieve once you have the small steps."