Program helps kids with jailed parents

NORWICH – Coinciding with the nation’s increasing prison population, one local organization is taking an aggressive approach to helping the littlest victims – the children who are being raised while their parent or parents are behind bars.

Eleven Big Brother Big Sister organizations nationwide are collaborating with New York State’s Children of Promise program to provide services to children of prisoners in up to 32 counties across New York. The initiative is made possible due to a grant provided by the Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families.

Locally, Big Bother Big Sister Director, Kobie Decker said her goal is to pair about 50 children in Chenango County with adult volunteer mentors, and then move on to help kick off the initiative in Broome County during the second year of the program.

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