How Parental Incarceration Harms Children and What to Do About It

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This webinar asks the question of how are Catholics called to support and walk with the estimated 2.7 million children who have at least one parent in jail or prison in the U.S. The presenters share examples of programs in the Archdiocese of Miami Detention Ministry to explain the importance of ministries that respond to the needs of children and families of incarcerated persons. They also speak to the significance of educational programs and classes on parenting for persons who are in jail or prison.

The presenters are Deacon Edgardo Farias and Mr. Samuel Diaz. Deacon Farias is Director, Archdiocese of Miami Office of Detention Ministry. He has served in the Deaconate for over fourteen years and is a member of Our Lady of Divine Providence in Sweetwater, Florida. Mr. Díaz has volunteered with the Office of Detention Ministry in the Archdiocese of Miami for more than 30 years. He was the Assistant Director and then the Director during that time. He has also served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the International Commission of the Catholic Pastoral Prison.

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