2022 Adopted Charity
Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation
Kentucky’s state incarceration rate is more than double the national average, impacting 145,000 children, leading the nation in the number of children living with relatives. Kentucky also has the second highest female incarceration rate in the country. Children of incarcerated parents are more likely to experience physical and emotional abuse, addiction, poverty, and to drop out from high school.
The Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation (WJRF) has the unique capacity to “fill in the gaps”. Established in 2018, WJRF is the vision of a formerly incarcerated father to create a nonprofit to support and mentor the children of the incarcerated in Kentucky. WJRF unites the parent, child/youth, law enforcement, the correctional system, schools, mental health providers, government, and business to create a “family” network. Within this family, WJRF provides mentorship programs for both the incarcerated parent and child; support services for non-incarcerated parents and caregivers; training for educators; and opportunities for relationship building to wider community networks.
Based in Frankfort, Kentucky, the foundation has created programs serving families and schools in eight Kentucky counties; training educators in four states, and has advised youth services abroad.
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