Family First

Scholarship Entrant: Breezi from Luling, Louisiana
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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In Louisiana, the conviction rate is at an all time high of 97%, and prisons are at 40% over capacity. These numbers sound great for those seeking justice; however, no one thinks about the families affected on the other side. Children who have a parent incarcerated are 60% to 75% more likely to be incarcerated themselves as an adult. Families need help to deal with these stressful times. Parents are suddenly thrown into a world of being a “married single parent” with their spouse no longer in the picture. Families need a true family therapist to help them cope and ease into this new living situation. Children need a safe place to express their fears and anxieties and parents need help and resources to raise their children in a happy and healthy household. A career path to help change these statistics would include a type of family advocacy practice in therapy and counseling. Child development research would include the affects of parent incarceration and how to better end a vicious cycle. Spouses who believe divorce is not the answer can work through their marital problems even at a distance through therapy sessions and regain their partnership. The misdeeds of a family member will not have to mean the collapse of the family, but can be the start of healing and reconnection.

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