Support Group for Families of Incarcerated Persons

Written by Scott J. Sheely on Saturday - October 02, 2010.

Lancaster:  A new Prison Support Group for friends and families of folks who are in prisons will meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month beginning in October at Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 S. Duke Street in Lancaster, PA.  The group is free and confidential and strives to keep families strong while loved ones are incarcerated.  Click here for a downloadable registration form.

This program is sponsored by the CJS (Criminal Justice System) Co-Ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church and St James Episcopal Church.  For more information, call Pastor Sadie Pounder at 397-2734.

From Arrest to Homecoming: Addressing the Needs of Children of Incarcerated Parents

Written by Scott J. Sheely on Monday - August 23, 2010.

Washington, DC:On September 1, 2010, the National Reentry Resource Center will host a free webinar on how best to address the challenges faced by children of incarcerated parents. This webinar will cover the emotional and physical needs of children of incarcerated parents and the complex family dynamics among children, incarcerated parents, and caregivers. Practical tips and sample resources developed by experienced service providers, such as co-parenting agreements, will be shared.

This webinar, facilitated by Margaret diZerega, Family Justice program director at the Vera Institute of Justice, will feature presentations by:

  • Dee Ann Newell, M.A., Founder and Executive Director, Arkansas Voices for Children Left Behind. Ms. Newell's organization is instrumental in the development of state legislation to support subsidized guardianship by relative caregivers for children of incarcerated parents and legislation to protect pregnant mothers during incarceration. From 2006 to 2008, she provided technical assistance to fourteen states around policy and program development for children of incarcerated parents.
  • Yali Lincroft, M.B.A.., Independent Consultant, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the American Humane Association, and First Focus. Ms. Lincroft's fifteen years of experience in policy and program planning at the local, state, and federal level includes work as a policy consultant for the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents' initiative to improve child welfare services. Her recent and upcoming publications include After the Earthquake: A Bulletin for Child Welfare Organizations Assisting Haitian Families in the United States and a toolkit for social workers assisting incarcerated parents, which will be published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in the fall of 2010.

This webinar, supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, will be held at 2:00 P.M. (E.T.) on Wednesday, September 1, 2010. To register for this webinar, click here.