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Tuesday, April 13 • 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Compass Mark: Meeting the Needs of Children with Incarcerated Parents

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For many children and youth the experience of having an incarcerated parent is not only marked by missing that parent, but also by transitions in caretakers and living situations. Many of these caretakers may not be prepared for this situation financially or materially. Additionally, prisons may or may not be equipped to foster connectivity between incarcerated parents and their children, whether through visitation, counseling, or communication programs. Compass Mark runs a family services advocate program which strives to fill the gaps in the lives of these children. The question we are exploring is, what are the needs of children with incarcerated parents in Lebanon County, and has the program been effective in its mission? This research has found that Compass Mark Lebanon makes a significant difference in the lives of children in Lebanon County, particularly by providing caretakers with household and practical needs, but also going above and beyond necessities to become a trusted resource. The implications of this research make clear where community needs lie, and produce a discussion point for how the program can be used more effectively in the future. Data show that Compass Mark Lebanon is a valuable program for a group of children and youth who are otherwise overlooked, and it is effective in helping their caretakers provide a secure environment for them during a vulnerable time in their lives.


Rachel Preibisch

Social Work (MSW)

Karizma Pomales

Sociology (BA)

Tuesday April 13, 2021 1:10pm - 2:25pm EDT
Live Zoom Presentation