September 12, 2013 - Jaylene Moseley, known for tackling sensitive social issues through the work of Flintridge Center, has been named Honorary Chairperson for Talk About Parenting with Shirlee Smith's upcoming benefit event – Mothers Behind Bars: The Parent Puzzle.
In 2010, at the suggestion of California State Senator Carol Liu, Talk About Parenting worked with former inmate Gloria Barrios to redesign the classes the non-profit organization offered to the general population, adapting them to fit the needs of mothers behind bars. Moseley says:
"Talk About Parenting is doing such critical work. When incarcerated mothers improve parenting practices, their children's adjustment to both incarceration and reentry improves, and families are strengthened."
Talk About Parenting's classes are in their third year at the California Institution for Women in Corona, and are completely filled. In fact, there are over 100 mothers on the wait list.
Smith says: "Moseley's unwavering support of the underserved and Flintridge Center's work to reintegrate previously incarcerated individuals back into the community reduces recidivism and blends well with our organization's mission of improving and strengthening the quality of family life, thereby benefiting the broader community."
Mothers Behind Bars: The Parent Puzzle, Sunday, October 27, 2013, 3-5 p.m. at Hillsides, 940 Avenue 64, in Pasadena will raise funds to support Talk About Parenting's Parent Puzzle program at CIW.
Speakers for the event include: Gloria Barrios, a mother and former inmate, State Senator, Carol Liu; Los Angeles County Supervisor, Michael D. Antonovich; and CIW Deputy Chief Warden, Kimberly Hughes.
Recipient of the organization's Humanitarian Award: Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Marguerite D. Downing.
Chair of the event: Lois Brand Billings.