PA Report on Children of Incarcerated Parents – Part 3 - Recommendations: Caregiver and Support Services

on Tuesday - August 07, 2012.

The "Effects of Parental Incarceration on Children" report examined and made recommendations in four key areas in which children are impacted:

Arrests and Judicial Proceedings

Caregiver and Support Services

Family and Corrections Interaction

Reentry and Reunification

Here are the committee's recommendations related to Caregiver and Support Services:

PA Report on Children of Incarcerated Parents – Part 2 - Recommendations: Arrests & Judicial

on Thursday - August 02, 2012.

The PA statewide "Effects of Parental Incarceration on Children" report examined and made recommendations in four key areas in which children are impacted:

  • Arrests and Judicial Proceedings
  • Caregiver and Support Services
  • Family and Corrections Interaction
  • Reentry and Reunification

Here are the committee's recommendations related to Arrests & Judicial Proceedings . . .

PA Report on Children of Incarcerated Parents – Part 1 - Key Impacts

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Tuesday - July 31, 2012.

Earlier this year, Pennsylvania's Joint State Government Commission published an extensive report titled "The Effects of Parental Incarceration on Children: Needs and Responsive Services." The report was the result of two years of study by a 38-member advisory committee, with representatives from a variety of community and faith-based agencies, school districts, local government, state probation and parole, and PA Departments of Corrections, Aging and Public Welfare, among others. Lancaster's own Jean Bickmire, Legislative Director for Justice & Mercy, and Cheryl Holland-Jones, Executive Director of Crispus Attucks Community Center, served on the advisory committee.

2012 Children of Incarcerated Parents Awareness Conference Starts the Conversation

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Thursday - July 26, 2012.

"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 . . .