Children get to see their incarcerated dads, some for the first time in years

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - On Friday, a group of children from South Florida will get the chance to do something many of us take for granted every day. They'll get to see their dads, some for the first time in years.

These children are among 200,000 children of prisoners in Florida.

"(It's) a growing, largely invisible population known to suffer from delinquency, antisocial behavior and emotional stress attributed to separation from their incarcerated parents," explained Leon Fooksman, the Advocacy Director for Children of Inmates, Inc.

The children will be loading onto buses in Miami and taken to the Martin Correctional Institute in Indiantown. The kids are primarily from Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

The children will get to play games, do arts-and crafts, eat lunch with their dads and take part in Fourth of July-themed events. They will spend about three hours together reconnecting.

This is all made possible through Children of Inmates, Inc., with the help of the Florida Department of Corrections.

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