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FF - Making Them Visible: Recognizing, Supporting, & Advocating for Children of Incarcerated Parents
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First Friday Webinars are FREE for LPCANC members, and $10 for non-members. First Friday Webinars are held at noon, and last one hour. These webinars are online but the audio portion is on your phone (for best audio). First Friday Webinars earn 1 contact hour.

When: October 6, 2017
12:00 PM
Where: Online
United States
Presenter: Melissa Radcliff, BS
Contact: Sara Whitley

Online registration is available until: 12/31/2018
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First Friday Webinar – October

October 6, 2017

12pm – 1pm

Making Them Visible: Recognizing, Supporting and Advocating for Children of

Incarcerated Parents

Presented by Melissa Radcliff, BS

LPCANC Members – Free!

Non-Members - $10

Earn 1.0 Contact Hour

Abstract:  On any given day, there are an estimated 2.7 million children in the US with at least one incarcerated parent; In NC the best estimate is almost 27,000. This workshop will focus on what we know and do not know about these children (often an invisible group dealing with shame, stigma, and a sense of isolation) and the impact of parental incarceration, what strategies could be developed and implemented to identify and serve these children, how to engage advocates in a dialogue about advancing policies supporting the children, current gaps in resources and data collection, and new ways to partner and collaborate to better meet the needs of the children. We will discuss the need to gather information and insight from these children themselves to ensure that their voices are heard. Participants will be encouraged to take what they learn back to their own professional settings to continue the conversation there and determine appropriate next steps.

Learning Objectives:

  1. By the end of the workshop the participants will have acquired increased knowledge of the challenges that these children face on a daily basis and will be able to apply the strategies and techniques learned in this workshop to create a supportive community environment for them. 
  2. By the end of the workshop the participants will have acquired increased knowledge of what the needs are of children of incarcerated parents, increased knowledge of what services and programs exist and where the gaps are, and tools to advocate for these children to improve responses, programs, and services. 
  3. By the end of the workshop the participants will identify ways to collaborate with other professionals to improve the health and well-being of children of incarcerated parents and will take what they learn back to their own professional settings to explore opportunities to better serve these children.

Bio of Presenter: Melissa has been with Our Children's Place of Coastal Horizons Center since February 2007. Our Children's Place is an education and advocacy agency focused on children of incarcerated parents. Prior to that she was the Executive Director and a founding staff member of the Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County (now the Compass Center for Women and Families), the local domestic violence agency serving Orange County. She has worked in the area of victim services since the 1990s including at a domestic violence agency, rape crisis center, prosecutor's office, and police department in Rhode Island, Arizona, and North Carolina. She serves as co-chair of the Pre-Release Committee for the Orange Correctional Center, a minimum security men's prison facility.

All First Friday Webinars are 1-hour long and receive 1 contact hour of continuing education credit. LPCANC is an NBCC-approved provider (ACEP) #5807.

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