The New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents and our national partners invite you to SEE US, SUPPORT US (SUSU), a month-long campaign to increase supports for children with incarcerated parents.
This year’s SUSU campaign focuses on increasing and improving ways to maintain the parent-child relationship during a period of incarceration, including through visits. When children want to visit an incarcerated parent, they should be able to do so in a way that supports their healing and well-being. Unfortunately, in many cases, this is not the reality: parents are in prisons hundreds of miles away from home, visiting processes and rooms are not child-sensitive, and a negative visiting experience can result in children visiting infrequently, if at all.
This October, take the following steps to see and support children of incarcerated parents:
Join the Bring Parents Closer to Home Postcard Campaign to remove visiting barriers in New York.
Read our first guest post from Danait W. Yemane's about her families experience with incarceration.
Share your story about why visiting is important.
Call Your Elected Officials and ask that they support bills that would bring parents closer to their children and restore free visiting buses.
Sign-On and Lend Your Organization's Support for Legislation to restore free visiting buses and to support the Proximity Pilot Bill.
Use the #SeeUsSupportUs Social Media Guide to join the conversation.
Use Osborne’s NYCIP Resource Toolkit and share with your community.
#WordsMatter Resource for Using Humanizing Language
Join us in using thoughtful language when speaking of and with people with criminal justice involvement and their families.
Bring Incarcerated Parents Close to Home:Bills That Support Visiting in New York State
RSVP for events throughout the month.
Visit our national partners’ websites to learn more about SUSU activity across the United States:
By joining the SUSU Network you will:
1) Hear from children and families about how best to support them.
2) Learn tips and strategies for preparing families to visit and supporting them before, during, and afterward.
3) Learn about actions to remove visiting barriers in NY and how you can contribute to them.
4) Celebrate the creative expression and talents of children and families impacted by parental incarceration.