New Mexico Voices for Children reveals that 1 in 10, or close to 52,000 of New Mexico's children have a parent who has been incarcerated. Las Cumbres' Taos Family Navigation and Nurturing Center team work closely with the Taos Adult Detention Center, particularly with mothers in detention as well as with elementary school age girls whose primary caregivers have been involved in the criminal justice system, girls receving services at Las Cumbres' Enos Garcia Elementary School-based Nurturing Center.
A grant award from Women Give-Taos will now increase the availability of parenting classes for incarcerated mothers at the Taos Detention Center as well as facilitate a focused support group for girls who are identified as having one or more incarcerated family members.
Classes at the Detention Center will be held thoughout the year to introduce compassionate limit setting and parenting skills based in empathy, love and respect. Formation of a girls support group at the Enos Garcia-based Las Cumbres Nurturing Center will provide a safe environment in which students can articulate experiences and emotions associated with the disruption in their lives as a result of having a parent who is incarcerated.
We are grateful for the generous $30,000 award from Women Give-Taos to strenghten our work addressing the impact of incarceration on mothers and girls. Pictured in the middle above is Las Cumbres' Taos Site Supervisor and Nurturing Center Director Siena Sanderson accepting the award in March.
Women Give-Taos is an initiative of the Taos Community Foundation. To learn more about their mission, click here.