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Compass Mark: Meeting the Needs of Children with Incarcerated Parents

By Karizma Pomales & Rachel Preibisch

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Rachel is a first year Master of Social Work candidate at Millersville University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in German Studies from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, and has international work experience in community project development and economic journalism. Rachel is interested in the area of child welfare and helping families, and has been able to explore the intersection of the US justice system with these themes through her work with the Center for Public Scholarship and Social Change. 

Karizma Pomales is a junior at Millersville University majoring in the Sociology program. She was intrigued by this project because as a student research assistant at the Center for Public Scholarship and Social Change she got to become involved with Ambassadors For Hope and Compass Mark who strive to help the needs of children, in this case, children of incarcerated parents which is something that is often overlooked and she wanted to contribute to this not only by helping kids and families but by also helping raise awareness within our community and potentially expand that awareness to other communities in the future. During this project she has been able to work on skills like conducting program evaluations with the help of her mentors and has been able to collaborate on projects with peers as well, which is a skill she knows will be utilized after her academic career at Millersville.

Author's Note:

We have no known conflict of interest to disclose. Thank you to our advisor, Dr. Carrie Smith, for all your support during this project, and special thanks to Matthew Hesser.  Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Rachel E. Preibisch at

Keywords:  Children of incarcerated parents, prison, needs, caretakers

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