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.
This year, SUSU focuses on a parent’s reentry, which can be joyous and challenging for children.
►Learn how to support children from the point of a parent’s arrest through reentry.
►Find self-care tips and resources to help you cope with parental arrest, incarceration, and reentry.
► Visit Voices from SUSU to listen to podcasts, see art, and find advice from youth with incarcerated parents.
►Gain strategies for creating judgment-free, affirming environments.
Engage in See Us, Support Us
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.
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.
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.