Addressing the needs of children of offenders: The 4-H LIFE model

TitleAddressing the needs of children of offenders: The 4-H LIFE model
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsLawson, LJ, Wilkerson, RC, Gillespie, T, Dunn, EG, J. Arbuckle, G, L. Turner, J
JournalJournal of Youth Development
Volume2
Issue2
Abstract

4-H LIFE represents a promising approach to addressing the needs of children of offenders and their caregivers. The 4-H Living Interactive Family Education (LIFE) Program was established in 1999 at the Potosi Correctional Center, a maximum security prison. 4-H LIFE is an enhanced or therapeutic visitation program with 3 key components: parent engagement, parent education and 4-H activities for chldren of offenders, led by the incarcerated parents. Since inception, 141 youth (5-18) have participated. Evaluations suggest that parent-child outcomes improved. In 2005, 4-H LIFE received the Annie E. Casey Foundation Family Strengthening Award.

DOI10.5195/jyd.2007.353