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Mentoring program focuses on children with incarcerated parents

Mentoring program focuses on children with incarcerated parents
Mentoring program focuses on children with incarcerated parents
Posted at 4:43 PM, Jan 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-08 13:32:33-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Studies show children with incarcerated parents have a 65 percent chance of ending up in jail themselves.

That's why 140 children are part of a program called Mentoring Children of Prisoners or MCOP.

Mentoring Children of Prisoners is a program Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend offers to serve children in need of positive intervention in their life. Each child in the program matches with a mentor who they meet weekly and develop a strong relationship with.

The CEO of Big Brother Big Sister of the Big Bend says the need for a program specific to kids with family members in jail was evident. She tells us, 86 percent of children in the program are living in female-headed single parent households.

Alva Striplin adds, there are still 282 kids with incarcerated parents on the waiting list.

She says, there are so many children in need of a mentor at Big Brother Big Sister of the Big Bend, they just need more volunteers.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend are seeking mentors for the program. If you want to help at-risk children in the community, please click here to visit their website.