• September 17, 2013
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Jaylene Moseley, known for tackling sensitive social issues and through the work of Flintridge Center’s reintegration project , has been named Honorary Chairperson for Talk About Parenting with Shirlee Smith’s upcoming benefit event – Mothers Behind Bars: The Parent Puzzle.

In 2010, at the suggestion of California State Senator Carol Liu, Talk About Parenting worked to change their longtime parent workshops to be useful to incarcerated mothers. Smith worked with her formerly incarcerated friend, Gloria Barrios and the Parent Puzzle classes were born.

Moseley, who is Flintridge Center’s President, says: “Talk About Parenting is doing such critical work. When incarcerated mothers improve parenting practices, their children’s adjustment to both incarceration and reentry improves, and families are strengthened.”

The classes are in their third year at the California Institution for Women in Chino and are completely filled. In fact, there are over 100 mothers on the wait list.
Smith says: “Moseley’s unwavering support of the underserved and Flintridge Center’s work to reintegrate previously incarcerated individuals back into the community reduces recidivism and blends well with our organization’s mission of improving and strengthening the quality of family life, thereby benefiting the broader community.”

Mothers Behind Bars: The Parent Puzzle, Sunday, October 27, 2013, 3-5 p.m. at Hillsides, 940 Avenue 64, in Pasadena will raise funds to support Talk About Parenting’s ‘s Parent Puzzle program at CIW.

Music for the event to  be provided by the John Tribasso Youth Jazz Ensemble and Sidney Clifton,  Emmy nominated producer and daughter of renowned poet Lucille Bradford, will deliver selections from her mother;s award winning collection.  “The Spot” is catering the event..

Speakers include: Gloria Barrios, mother and former inmate, State Senator, Carol Liu; Los Angeles County Supervisor, Michael D. Antonovich; and CIW Deputy Chief Warden, Kimberly Hughes.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Marguerite D. Downing will receive the Humanitarian Award.