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CHERISH OUR CHILDREN INC.

DEDICATED TO HELPING CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS.

HERE'S WHY.

MORE THAN 5 MILLION CHILDREN IN AMERICA HAVE WATCHED THEIR MOTHERS OR FATHERS GO TO PRISON. THEY OFTEN PAY THEIR OWN PRICE. WE ALL PAY THE PRICE.

THE COST TO SOCIETY IN LOST OPPORTUNITY FOR CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS:

$160 BILLION

2016 STUDY BY

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS

TRUANCY

THEY ARE THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO MISS SCHOOL.

DROPPING OUT

THEY ARE TWO TIMES AS LIKELY TO DROP OUT AS THEIR CLASSMATES.

MENTAL HEALTH

70% ARE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE EMOTIONAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS.

INCARCERATION

70% OF PARENTS WHO HAVE BEEN INCARCERATED ALSO HAD A PARENT WHO HAD BEEN TO JAIL OR PRISON.

COCI'S PROGRAMS WORK IN SCHOOLS

We show children of incarcerated parents that the past doesn't have to define their future. What they think matters. They can graduate from college. They can have careers and healthy relationships. They can break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration.

GEMS IS A NEW PROGRAM THAT HELPS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS NAVIGATE THE CHALLENGES OF EARLY ADOLESCENCE.

BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION

CHANGE LIVES. SUPPORT OUR WORK.