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Chapel Hill nonprofit raises awareness for children of imprisoned parents

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -

A Chapel Hill nonprofit is hoping to raise awareness about children whose parents are incarcerated.

Our Children's Place is looking to raise awareness about children who are struggling in the school systems because one or both of their parents are in prison.

It is estimated that one in 28 children in the United States have at least one parent in prison. In North Carolina, that amounts to roughly 24,000 children in total.

Melissa Radcliff, executive director of Our Children's Place, said one of the major concerns is that children will follow in their parents' footsteps, otherwise known as intergenerational incarceration.

"Struggling both in terms of school performance, but also behavior because they're dealing with what's happening," Radcliff explained. "We really want people to think about what it means for these children. ... What does it mean for a child to have a parent be arrested and go off to jail or prison and have the parent be released at some point?"

To raise awareness, Our Children's Place holds lectures, talks and sessions during various community meetings across the state.

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