MU Extension Family Support Program Expands Across Missouri

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COLUMBIA - An MU extension program aimed to strenthen relationships between incarcerated parents and their kids is expanding to more correctional facilities across the state.

The Missouri 4-H Living Interactive Family Education, or LIFE, began as a support program at the Potosi Maximum Security Correctional Center in 1999. The program is now offered at the Vandalia prison. 

In March, the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention (OJJDP) awarded $5 million to Missouri 4-H for LIFE help build strong relationships between incarcerated parents their children. Missouri was one of three programs across the country to receive the grant.

According to 4-H for LIFE, children with incarcerated parents are six times more likely to end up in jail or prison at some point in their lives.

Click here for more information on Missouri 4-H for LIFE.