Addressing the Needs of Children of Offenders: The 4-H LIFE Model

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2007-10-01
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Lawson, Lynna
Wilkerson, Robert
Arbuckle, J. Gordon
Gillespie, Tammy
Dunn, Elizabeth
Arbuckle, J. Gordon
Turner, L. Jo
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4-H LIFE represents a promising approach to addressing the needs of children of offenders and their caregivers. The 4-H Living Interactive Education (LIFE) Program was established in 1999 at the Potosi Correctional Center, a maximum security prison/ 4-H LIFE is an enhanced or therapeutic visitation program with three key components:

1) parent engagement

2) parent education

3) 4-H activities for children of offenders, led by the incarcerated parents.

Since inception, 141 youths between the ages of 5 and 18 have participated; 59 incarcerated fathers and 106 caregivers have also been engaged at PCC. Program evaluations suggest that parent-child outcomes improved. In 2005, 4-H LIFE received the Annie E. Casey Foundation Family Strengthening Award.

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This article is from Journal of Youth Development 2 (2007): 1. Posted with permission.

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