Thursday, January 26, 2012

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars a Success in Arizona

Arizona's KTVK 3 reports that Estelle Streich was and prepared to reunite with her daughter since a Girl Scouts program helped keep the two close while she was locked up.

The estimated 10 million children with incarcerated parents are more likely than other kids to suffer from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress syndrome and engage in criminal behavior—risks that the Girls Scouts Beyond Bars program aims to reduce. The 20-year-old program achieves this end by coordinating regular visits between jailed moms and their daughters.

Streich saw her 8-year-old daughter, Haillee Nance, just once a month while she was serving for three years at the Perryville Women's prison, but she said those moments were critical in maintaining their relationship.

"Although we only spent two hours at a time with each other when she came with the Girls Scouts program, that was enough to keep the bond between us," Streich told

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Wed Jan 25 16:02:05 PST 2012