The City of Long Beach together with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) hosted a free two-day training course for professionals who work with children of incarcerated parents. The event, co-hosted by The Children’s Clinic, is part of the City’s Safe Long Beach
“Together with the U.S. Department of Justice and local organizations, the City is realizing our Safe Long Beach goals,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Investing in the success of our most vulnerable youth increases and enhances the safety of our entire community.”
Children of incarcerated parents often face a number of challenges that require the services and support of local, state, and federal systems. Experiencing the incarceration of a parent can impact a child’s mental health, social behavior, and educational prospects. Approximately 10 million U.S. children have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their lives. There are currently more than 2.7 million children in the U.S. with an incarcerated parent.
The workshop featured presentations from OJJDP consultants. They reviewed approaches for effectively responding to the needs of children, and lessening the impacts and stigmas associated with being separated from a parent due to incarceration. The training sessions also included panel discussions from local practitioners, caregivers, and youth who have experience with parental incarceration.
Attendees included professionals who work with children of incarcerated parents and their families, local probation officers, social workers, jail administrators, and community-based service providers. They gathered at the Long Beach Public Library on Monday, August 17, and Tuesday, August 18, to share valuable resources and best practices for improving life outcomes of children and families who find themselves in these situations. Safe Long Beach
, the City’s Violence Prevention Plan, addresses a broad safety agenda aimed at reducing all forms of violence, including domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, hate crimes, bullying, gang violence, and violent crime. Adopted by the City Council in May 2014, the Plan draws upon the City's many existing assets to target violence at its root and attain the goal of building a safer Long Beach by 2020.
OJJDP, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), provides national leadership to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective, coordinated prevention and intervention programs as well as to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families.
To learn more about Safe Long Beac
h, go to www.lbvpp.com