“Mother’s Day is a celebration of motherhood and the influence that mothers have on society. But for too many American children — including those I filmed for this project — the holiday serves as a bitter reminder that their mothers are locked behind bars.”
“More than five million children in the United States have a parent who has been incarcerated. That breaks down to one in 14 children; for black children, it’s one in 9. That’s partly because we are incarcerating women at much higher rates than before. Women in jail are the fastest growing correctional population in the country; their numbers increased by 14 times between 1970 and 2014. Most of those women are poor, African-American or Latino, and have substance abuse problems. And about 80 percent have children.”
An important component of our planned ChIPs Mentoring & Circles of Support program will be to rebuild and maintain close parental relationships between our mentees and their incarcerated parents.
Safer Society Foundation’s Executive Director, Mary Falcon, was invited to hold a workshop on Trauma-Informed Mentoring at the 2017 Vermont Mentoring Symposium (hosted by Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership), an event in which youth mentoring program professionals throughout Vermont came together to collaborate, share, and learn from one another.
Mary’s presentation was about helping to improve mentor effectiveness through an understanding of the harmful impact of chronic traumas in childhood, or adverse childhood experiences (also known as ACEs), on children’s thought processes, emotions, and behavior. Mary talked about the training of mentors in Safer Society’s planned ChIPs Mentoring & Circle of Support program and stressed that it is important for mentors in all programs to be trained to recognize behaviors that may be the result of ACEs—such as distrustfulness of adults, irrational fears, difficulty focusing—and respond appropriately in order to help mentees overcome these problems.
Are you interested in attending a workshop on Trauma-Informed Practice? Safer Society Foundation has invited Dr. Jill Levenson, a Professor of Social Work, Barry University, to talk more about the prevalence of ACEs and their traumatic social and emotional impacts on cognitive processes and behavior throughout the lifespan. (Workshop eligible for CEUs!) The workshop will be held on July 31, 2017 in Middlebury, Vermont. Click the link below to learn more/register!