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On any given day in America, it is estimated that more than 1.5 million children have a parent incarcerated in a state or federal prison. And more than 10 million children are living with a parent who has come under some form of criminal justice supervision at some point in the child’s life.
The Annie E. Casey foundation discovered the compelling needs and circumstances of children with incarcerated parents, such as:
Since 1990, the number of female prisoners had grown by nearly 50 percent; three-quarters of incarcerated women are mothers, and two thirds have children under age 18.
Most law enforcement agencies lack training and protocols on where to place children when a parent is arrested and, often, ultimately incarcerated.
Approximately 10 percent of children with incarcerated mothers and 2 percent of children with incarcerated fathers are in foster care.
There are a disparate impact on minorities, with African-American children nine times more likely and Hispanic children three times more likely than white children to have a parent in prison.
Despite widespread statements that children with incarcerated parents are many times more likely than other children to be incarcerated as adults.
Risk factors such as parental mental illness, parental substance abuse, family violence and poverty were present in many children’s homes and lives prior to their parents’ incarceration.
Many cultures have a specific method for choosing which child will take care of parents when they become old and feeble. It may be the first born son, the youngest daughter, etc. But Americans have no such cultural practice and that means that elders are at the mercy of whichever child decides to take care of them. Is your spouse willing to help care for your parent? Would you care for your inlaws? Or would you put them in a senior citizen homeHow do you discuss the possibilities with your spouse?
1. Julia Steele Allen joins us to talk about Mariposa & the Saint: From solitary confinement, a play through letters.In 2012, Mariposa (Sara Fonseca) was sentenced to 15 months in solitary confinement. In 2015 she is still in a special confinement unit. Through letters with longtime friend Julia Steele Allen who met her through a CCWP prison visiting team, Mariposa brings her experience to the stage. The play will be performed May 7 & 10 in San Francisco & Berkeley, as a benefit for California Coalition for Women Prisoners. https://www.facebook.com/events/647744338704318/
A Benefit for the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, www.womenprisoners.org For more information contact CCWP email@example.com, 415-255-7036 x 4
2. Paige Rogers joins us to talk about Antigone, which she directs at Cuttingball. It has performances Thursday-Sunday in San Francisco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAZQ8EctwdQ
3. Rhodessa Jones speaks about Medea Project, Theatre for Incarcerated Women's latest work: Birthright? opens April 9-19, 2015, at Brava Theatre Center in San Francisco, in celebration of Medea Project's 25TH Anniversary. The work is a collaboration between Brava! For Women in the Arts, Cultural Odyssey and Planned Parenthood Northern California. For information and tickets please call (415) 641-7657 and/or log on to http://www.brava.org.
4. Rebroadcast of an interview Friday, March 20, 2015, with Ciera Payton and her father Michael Diaz She just premiered her solo work, Michael's Daughter at ACT-SF Costume Shop. It is the story of her relationship with her incarcerated dad, Michael (who is out now and joins us on the air).
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This Week on Conversations In Care
Let's welcome Aishling Dalton - Kelly. Aishling is going to help us understand how to find the best Home Care Team for your family and loved ones. She will help us to understand what to look for and the best questions to ask, to know that you have found a great fit.
Leran more about Aishling
Aishling Dalton-Kelly was born and raised in Ireland and is the youngest of ten daughters. She committed to helping those who are aging after her father was diagnosed with a terminal illness and she watched her mother develop dementia.
Aishling worked closely with her nine sisters to make decisions to care for her mother and father; keeping them home, healthy and happy for as long as they possibly could. It was through this hands-on and very personal experience that the idea of AishlingCompanion Home Care was born. The goal in this work is to provide the same level of care for your family's loved ones asAishling was able to provide for her own aging parents.
Aishling is a dedicated mother of four and business woman. All of her work building Aishling Companion Home Care is dedicated to her mother and father for the wonderful childhood and life of beautiful traditions and memories that were created for her and her sisters.
It is unconscionable but true the arrest rate in America has gone down but the prison incarceration rate has exponentially gone up! The inner city needless to say has the greatest percentages and people of color are disproportionately affected. Public awareness is necessary for us to make the changes and the will to put forth the effort will require love and courage. The data is undeniable the question is do we have the will to address it.
The Female Solution w/Naimah Latif
Some cultures have a specific method for determining which child will take care of the elderly parents: first born son, youngest daughter, etc. But Americans leave such a thing to chance, and many couples fail to discuss this important issue prior to the marriage. When our parents age, they may need to move in with us, or we may need to become their live in caregiver. Have you and your spouse agreed how you will handle the care of your aging parents? What if your parent is ill? What if your spouse's parent is ill? How would you feel about putting your elderly parent in a home? Today we examine how to approach this very sensitive subject with your spouse, before the time comes to care for an elderly parent
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Join me on Friday, February 27th when I sit down with a couple authors of Kinship Press LLC.
Kinship Press LLC opened its doors in 2014 and offers traditional publishing to its authors. First time and established authors are welcome to submit.
Expected to join me on Friday:
Sabrina Samples: If you have followed me since my days of Roll With it you'll remember Sabrina. Not only is she an author within the company, she also has a promotion company.
Cindy Franks White: Cindy is a poet with a new release. We will be discussing her release, Through My Eyes and so much more.
Phone lines will be open, call in with all your questions and comments.
This evening on Conversations In Care I will be introducing you to the Conversations In Care Team!
Amy Fields - Contributing Blogger for Conversations In Care
Tony Fischer - Associate Producer of Conversations In Care and host of The Fischer Report
Tonight I will be putting these on the hot seat and talking to them about a subject near and dear to my heart. How can we begin to help patients and practitioners bridge the communication divide? This and much more tonight on Conversations In Care.
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in Self Help
Chaplain Bernell Wesley joins us to talk about the Prison Industrial Complex and its correlation to slavery. He is the Director of Community Chaplaincy Outreach, Inc., a 501c3 registered nonprofit. He is very active in Metro Atlanta working with the following orgainzations
Board Certified American Chaplaincy Association Member
Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Chaplains
Clayton County Library Board Member
School Council Member, Drew High School of Riverdale, Georgia
Church of the Harvest International - Member over 10 years, serves on the praise team and in other leadership capacities
Clayton County Prison Reentry Taskforce
International Network of Prison Ministries
Certified to minister in 60 state prisons in Georgia and South Carolina
Professional Substitute teacher for Fulton County Charter Schools
Listen to his solutions for solving the problems and how we can work together to help stop the cycle of incarceratiion in our society
Thanks and God Bless
Minister Jonathan Simmons
Confinement in a prison cell creates a whole set of memories that a person may want to forget. What is it like to return home after a long period of being controlled and restricted? What psychological damage to ones self esteem needs to be repaired and how can that be done? What unseen emotional scars need healing, and can a person's family really understand what he or she went through? How does one offer support to a family member or friend returning from prison
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