"My son was 3 years old when I went to prison. He was 16 when I came out," Sandra Johnson, CEO and Founder of Kon-nectingservices, Inc, told the audience at Lancaster's first "Children of Incarcerated Parents Awareness Conference" last Friday.
Sandra shared moving stories of her personal experience as a mother in prison, and her son, Danny, now 27 years old, spoke about his experience as well, growing up without his mother. Fortunately, their story has a happy ending, and both Danny and Sandra have been deeply involved in helping children of incarcerated parents and their families in Lancaster County through after school and summer camp programs run by Kon-nectingservices.
But for the estimated three million American children who have an incarcerated parent, life is full of challenges. In Lancaster County, while there are no official figures, it is estimated that at least 1500 local children have a parent who is in prison or jail, and thousands of others have a parent who is on probation or parole . . .