Congratulations to Katelen Fortunati, LCSW, author of the Safer Society ChIPs storybook series and Institute workshop presenter, for receiving her doctoral degree in clinical social work from Rutgers University this month!
Her doctorate focused on combining scholarship and practice. Her dissertation was titled, “Disrupted Attachments and the Global Health Implications of Parental Incarceration on the Child.”
The imprisonment of a parental figure has far reaching repercussions, that cannot be predicted, but forever alter a child’s life. Each child’s story and circumstance is different and must be honored, yet, the repercussion in each story begins with the loss of a parent to prison. Working for many years with children and families impacted by parental incarceration I have born witness to and found that losing a parent to prison is not a singular event; rather it is a dynamic process that unfolds throughout one’s lifetime.
If you are interested in learning a little more about the subject, visit Katelen’s website www.everysinglekid.org. Click on the “Need to Know” tab where she has posted a few excerpts from her dissertation in an easy-to-read format.