Welcome to See Us, Support Us, a month of awareness raising activities to increase visibility and supports for children of incarcerated parents launched in 2015 by The New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents (NYCIP). Since then, national partners have joined us to amplify SUSU in their communities. This year SUSU focuses on the importance of child-centered visits at prisons and jails, and removing barriers to visiting. This social media guide will assist you in elevating the issue of parental incarceration and centering the experiences of youth and families affected by parental incarceration.
NYCIP is a statewide partnership launched in 2006 of community and faith-based organizations, families, and government agencies collaborating to envision a world that considers and safeguards children’s needs at every step of their parent’s involvement in the criminal legal system. We move closer to realizing this vision by advocating for changes in policy and practice and centering the voices and experiences of those directly affected and families to their best ability.
Despite the fact that one in 9 African American children, one in 28 Latinx children, and one in 57 white children have an incarcerated parent, many do not SEE children of incarcerated parents. This invisibility isolates and harms children and hinders service providers and communities from supporting children and families to their best ability.