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Children of Incarcerated Parents is the Topic for Women of Vision Meeting

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by Public Relations Office

November 6, 2002

Cedarville, Ohio—The Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of Women of Vision (WOV) will hold a panel discussion about the children of incarcerated parents on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Xenia Public Library Community Room, 76 East Market St., Xenia. The panel features experts who work closely with inmates and their families and also includes female former prisoners who can testify of the needs their families experienced during their time in prison. Panel members include Jana Schroeder of the Ohio Criminal Justice Program of the American Friends Service Committee and Pam Ganka of Project Angel Tree. Schroeder`s experience includes six years of service on the Criminal Justice Policy Board of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. In 1990, former Ohio Governor Richard Celeste appointed her to the Governor`s Task Force on Incarcerated Women. Schroeder has also gained expertise by coordinating Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman visitation programs. Ganka is the coordinator of the southwest Ohio chapter of Project Angel Tree. Her personal involvement in Angel Tree began 15 years ago when her 18-year-old son was sent to prison. Her ministry to families now includes self-help groups, personal support, and rides for prison visits, in addition to a Christmas gift program for children of prisoners. This panel discussion topic has been selected by Miami Valley WOV because their local service project will focus on ministering to the 200 Greene County children who have a parent in prison. By partnering with Prison Fellowship Ministries, the chapter plans to provide birthday gifts for the children, raise money to pay their way to Christian summer camps, offer transportation to visit incarcerated parents, and give honor and respite to the children`s caregivers. The panel discussion is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cindy Sutter-Tkel at 937-766-7795 or sutterc@cedarville.edu. WOV is a volunteer program of World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization. With chapters in 11 states, WOV is committed to sharing God`s love by meeting the needs of poor women and children. The Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of WOV is a blended-age group, uniting female university students and various ages of community women in an effort to serve others. -30-