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November 08, 2021 - Harrisburg, PA

First Lady Wolf, Reentry Advocates Discuss Importance of Maternal Health and Family Well-Being for Female Reentrants

First Lady Frances Wolf hosted Women In Reentry: Maternal Health and Family Well-Being, the second in a series of virtual conversations, between formerly incarcerated women, reentry advocates and maternal health professionals. The panel discussed the impacts of incarceration on a woman's maternal health and the implications they can have on her children and family. They also highlighted active programs that are supporting the maternal and familial needs of women reentrants.

Panelists included:
1. StateRepresentative Morgan Cephas, member of the PA Commission for Women
2. Marianne Fray, CEO of Maternity Care Coalition
3. Tonie Willis, Founder of Ardella's House
4. SaraGoulet, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Human Services

"Women who enter the criminal justice system as mothers or expecting mothers come home to the responsibility of caring for their children, and unfortunately, there are a host of challenges that can make their transition especially difficult," said First Lady Frances
Wolf. "We must do all we can to support and empower these women so that they and their families can thrive."