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Published September 26, 2009, 01:39 PM

Mentors volunteer time with children of incarcerated parents

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Studies show children of incarcerated parents are likely to end up in the prison systems themselves.

By: Stephanie Goetz, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Studies show children of incarcerated parents are likely to end up in the prison systems themselves. There's a program in North Dakota trying to re-route those likely odds.

The program CHIPS provides a mentor to these kinds of kids. The group held an awareness gathering in Oak Grove Park. It's a statewide effort.

Mentors are asked to make a year long commitment and volunteer an hour a week.

"Kids who've gone through mentoring programs have shown improved test scores higher school attendance better behavior at home higher self esteem."

More than seven million children in the U-S have parents incarcerated, 70 percent will one day be in the same spot.

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