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“Arkansans Ask: Families Left Behind” airs Oct. 20

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More than 2.7 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, 2010. As a result, immediate or extended family members have become the caregivers of these children.

In “Arkansans Ask: Families Left Behind,” we’ll give voice to those who are affected by incarceration, including children, caregivers and advocates. This special broadcast will feature a discussion about the stigma and challenges they experience, as well as support groups and programs available for the entire family. Expert panelists will also answer your questions and address your comments, which you may submit at 800-662-2386, or on Twitter with #ARAsk.

Panelists for the program include: Alexis Beavers, daughter of incarcerated parent; Lisa Wiley, mother and grandmother who was formerly incarcerated; Brenda Olive, grandparent/caregiver, mother of incarcerated son; Dee Ann Newell, founder and executive director of Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind; Sen. Joyce Elliott (D), Little Rock. Pamela Smith will host the program.


Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

“Arkansans Ask: Families Left Behind,” 7 p.m.


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Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind