Women are increasingly becoming the heads of single parent-led homes. To a large extent, they are responsible for supporting, nurturing and educating their children. The health of a mother determines the health of a child, future generations and society at large.


When a mother is taken from a family, whether by death or incarceration, the ripple effects of her loss are felt by everyone and there is an added burden to her extended family, friends and community members. The lack of stability shifts itself outward.

With female incarceration rates in Oklahoma being the highest per capita in the nation, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma decided to do something to counter the trend. In 2002, they partnered with Turley Correctional Center to create Project M.E.N.D., which works to repair the broken mother/daughter relationship due to separation from incarceration.

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