Lancaster Onine Article About Mentors For Children Of Incarcerated Parents

W. Wilson Goode speaking at the launch of Bethany Christian Services' mentoring program

Ambassadors for Hope sponsors Secretary Wetzel speech; addresses SRO audience


On March 8 a standing-room-only audience heard Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections, John E. Wetzel, present an outstanding discussion of the impact incarceration has on families.


Secretary Wetzel emphasized the importance of early childhood education in reducing the prison population. Studies have shown that the better education a person has, the less chance he or she has in getting in trouble with the law.


There are more than 81,000 children of incarcerated parents in Pennsylvania and about 3,000 in Lancaster County. The children are from county and from virtually every single school district. Approximately half the children are under two years of age.

Secretary Wetzel also stressed the value of the Nurse Family Partnership, which teaches parenting skills.

As a result of the efforts of Ambassadors for Hope, Lancaster County agreed to fund a family services advocate to help manage needs for children of parents incarcerated in Lancaster County. The advocate, Jen Strasenburgh, has helped several hundred such children.

Secretary Wetzel said Ambassadors for Hope and the family services advocate make Lancaster County unique in the services it provides to support children of incarcerated parents.

After his talk, Secretary Wetzel fielded many questions from the audience.

A video of the presentation is available.


Pennsylvania College of Art & Design's #Designathon


Ambassadors for Hope were thrilled to be chosen as a participating organization in Pennsylvania College of Art & Design's 7th annual #Designathon.

Thanks to the Design Team that produced this OUTSTANDING PRESENTATION!

Faculty: Maria Cummings
Alumna: Anne Shirey
Students: Wyatt Hockensmith, Andrea Ho

Thank you PCA&D!




Children Of Incarcerated Parents: A Bill Of Rights

  1. To be kept safe and informed at the time of my parent's arrest.
  2. To be heard when decisions are made about me.
  3. To be considered when decisions are made about my parent.
  4. To be well cared for in my parent's absence.
  5. To speak with, see and touch my parent.
  6. To support as I face my parent's incarceration.
  7. Not to be judged, blamed or labeled.
  8. To a lifelong relationship with my parent.