ERIC Number: ED389986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Keeping Incarcerated Mothers and their Daughters Together: Girl Scouts beyond Bars.
Moses, Marilyn C.
Children of prison inmates are the hidden victims of their parents' crimes. Like children of divorced or deceased parents, they often show signs of distress caused by the lack of a stable home life and parental separation. Many times they follow their parents' criminal behavior patterns. To keep mothers and daughters connected and to enhance parenting skills, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars involves mothers in their daughters' lives through a unique partnership between a youth services organization and State and local corrections departments. The program has been implemented in Maryland, Florida, Ohio, and Arizona. Although the partnership has demonstrated its ability to increase mother-daughter visitation time, the long-term effects of breaking the cycle of criminal behavior will require a more comprehensive approach on the part of the correctional institution, the Girl Scout Council, and the mothers involved. This program focus first discusses the social and judicial context for this program, then describes the first four programs in operation, and concludes with an examination of the broader issues that these programs should confront to effectively change the lives of youths at risk. (JBJ)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Child Rearing, Children, Community Programs, Correctional Education, Crime Prevention, Criminals, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Institutionalized Persons, Parent Background, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Youth Opportunities, Youth Problems, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.