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See Us, Support Us is a year-round effort to

see and support

children of incarcerated parents

During 2022, SUSU focuses on supporting children’s physical health and emotional wellbeing.  
 

 
About See Us, Support Us
 

See Us, Support Us (SUSU) raises awareness about and increases support for children of incarcerated parents. SUSU is a year-round effort with national partners, culminating in a month of action in October. Sign up for SUSU Network emails to receive quarterly updates about how you can SEE and SUPPORT children year-round. 

 
 

►Learn tips for supporting children's wellbeing in health and mental health settings, and beyond.

►Find self-care tips and resources to help you cope with parental arrest, incarceration, and reentry.

► Visit the Voices from SUSU to hear from young people about how best to support and collaborate with them, and to celebrate their creative talents.

Gain strategies for creating judgment-free, validating environments.

Engage in See Us, Support Us

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Why is the arrest experience so harsh that a child has to believe it was imaginary sometimes in order to get through it and its aftermath. The pain and outrage I feel is why I want to advocate for child-sensitive arrest protocols, data collection, and training. 

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I didn’t wanna forget him ever… he was my dad. And what if I never get a chance to visit him again...So just in case, I sat there taking pictures in my mind and storing them in this little section I have where all the thoughts about him were. 

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For many system-impacted children, education can be the lifeline that helps them succeed in the face of parental incarceration. It can give purpose, belonging and self-esteem. Though it took me a while, education was my lifeline too.