Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Racine hopes the conference will bring together members of the community who are open to taking a more proactive approach to looking at the issues these children are dealing with and pull together ideas to give these children a voice.
Keynote speakers for the conference will include representatives from the Osborne Association of NYC which has pioneered unique rehabilitation programs since 1931 for individuals who have been in conflict with the law and the families affected by the incarceration of a loved one.
They will discuss the organization’s vision to realize a world in which children such as the Green family, whose parents are involved in the criminal justice system are considered, supported, accepted for who they are; not their parent’s choices, and their needs met. This includes the Children’s Bill of Rights which ensures children the proper safety, information, and support surrounding their parent’s arrest.
“The question, now becomes how can we as a community develop programs to help these children.
If our children are our future then it’s really our responsibility to provide them the best we can to help them through difficult times,” Racine said.IF YOU GO • WHAT: Prisoners Are People Conference • WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. • WHERE: First Unitarian Universalist Church of Niagara 639 Main St. • FOR MORE INFO: For more information visit www.prp2.org