About See Us, Support Us
See Us, Support Us (SUSU) raises awareness about and increases support for children of incarcerated parents. Launched in 2015 by the Osborne Association’s New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents (NYCIP), SUSU began as a month-long effort to see and support children of incarcerated parents. SUSU is now a year-round effort with national partners, culminating in a month of action in October.
Despite the fact that one in 14 children experience parental incarceration, many remain unseen. This invisibility isolates and harms children and hinders service providers, educators, and communities from supporting them. Stigma, inaccurate stereotypes, and harmful narratives can further isolate children and families. SUSU aims to decrease stigma, build community, share supportive resources, and celebrate children who thrive and succeed when we SEE and SUPPORT them.
2021 Theme: This year, SUSU focuses on supporting children’s educational success and wellbeing from early childhood through college.
We encourage everyone, especially educators, to do the following:
follow SUSU on social media
participate in local and national events
explore the SUSU Educator Toolkit
hear from young people about how to support them and celebrate their creative talents
We encourage young people to follow SUSU to:
find community with others who have experienced parental incarceration
learn how to be an ally
use the SUSU social media guide to elevate the issue of parental incarceration among your networks
*Please share the SUSU Overview widely and encourage people to follow SUSU this October.*
NYCIP, a special project of the Osborne Association's Center for Justice Across Generations, is a statewide partnership launched in 2006 of community and faith-based organizations, families with lived experience, 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 centering the experiences of youth and families affected by parental incarceration and advocating for policies and practices that will turn the Children of Incarcerated Parents’ Bill of Rights into reality. Learn more about the SUSU national partners here.