Unbarred: Strengthening Families Affected by Parental Incarceration
"Bars cannot separate a child from their mother's love."
-Sister Elaine Roulet, Founder of Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Nursery Program
November 14, 2013
McNamara Alumni Center and broadcast live to host sites in Greater Minnesota
Metro Ticket: $60 for full day (9:00 am - 4:30 pm, breakfast and box lunch) and $50 for morning only
Greater Minnesota: $25 (9:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Keeping with the tradition of past Lessons from the Field, we will be bringing recent research of the outcomes of children of incarcerated parents to practitioners.
The morning will include:
- Dr. Rebecca Shlafer, UMN Department of Pediatrics - Research perspectives
- Warden Eddie Miles, Lino Lakes Prison - Prison Culture
- Erica Gerrity, Isis Rising - Prison Doula Program
- Lori Lefrano, DOC - Transitioning to life after incarceration
The speakers will be followed up with lunch and a showing of the movie Mothers of Bedford, a documentary film about Bedford Hills, a maximum security prison, and the lives of incarcerated women and their families. Following the film, breakout sessions will complete the day.
Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxrwviqwyRo for the trailer for the movie.
- Q & A with Mothers of Bedford director Jen McShane and featured mother, Mona
- Discussion: How to promote positive relationships between parents and children in the context of visitation policies - Facilitated by Lee Buckley
- Literacy in early childhood: Promoting reading and relationships in the context of incarceration (featuring Sesame Street materials and Read to Me Program) - Daniel Marcou, Hennepin County LIbrary Corrections Librarian and Rebecca Shlafer, UMN Department of Pediatrics
- Working within the System, Parenting Education Programs- presenter Ebony Ruhland, Council on Crime and Justice
This seminar content is applicable for professionals who work with children, youth, and families who have been impacted by incarceration. The target audience includes: child protection workers, educators (public and private), foster parents, juvenile justice workers, legal advocates, law enforcement, corrections staff, pediatric nurses, policy makers, psychologists, public health workers, and social workers.
- Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health, U of MN
- PHDR (Program for Health Disparities Research)
- Strengthening Families Affected by Incarceration Collaborative
- Child Psychology Student Organization
- PACT for Families (Hutchinson, Olivia, Willmar)
- Northland Foundation
- Grant County Children and Youth Council
- Northeast Service Cooperative
- Clay County Early Childhood Initiative
- Region 3 Low Incidence Project