(DOTHAN) A special Kids Conference will take place during Find the third annual Alabama Families of Prisoners Conference, hosted by Healthy You, Inc., on August 1 and 2
at McElwain Baptist Church
in Birmingham. Ages 6-15 will have a chance to learn about the feelings they may be experiencing due to having an incarcerated family member.
When a family member is incarcerated, those who are left behind often pick up the pieces with little support. Kids often deeply feel the stigma, anger and hurt associated with incarceration.Using the Extended Family for Kids curriculum, children will learn self esteem, ease feelings of shame and isolation, decrease stress and address anger issues. Art, music, dance, games and storytelling will drive this message home.
This year’s theme of the Alabama Families of Prisoners Conference is “Handing out Hope” and this conference can provide needed support for your family though breakout sessions, exhibits and resources, guest speakers and panel discussions. The Alabama Families of Prisoners Conference is designed to offer help to those neglected families. The conference idea was conceived by Mary Kay Beard, founder of the world-wide Angel Tree program, and Laure Clemons, founder of Extended Family. An entire committee of dedicated professionals come together each year to create a conference structured to help families of prisoners with steps they need to take to overcome obstacles and have a better life. The conference offers help so that families can continue their lives with knowledge and hope for a brighter future. This year’s conference is hosted by Healthy You, Inc. (www.jtfstraighttalk.com
), supported by Extended Family (www.extendedfamilysupport.org
) and Encourager Ministries, Inc. (www.encouragerministries.com
for more information and to register for the event. Healthy You Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit formed in 2010 in Dothan. The mission of Healthy You, Inc. is to enhance quality of life for citizens of Alabama through educational health initiatives and public awareness campaigns teaching personal responsibility when making lifestyle choices. For more information, please call 800-656-7197