Two million American children have at least one parent in jail or prison. In Allegheny County there are seven thousand, and the numbers are growing. Since 1970, the number of incarcerated parents has risen by 400 percent.

In the wake of those staggering statistics are children who become the invisible victims – facing emotional and physical turmoil, and financial hardships. WQED’s multi-platform project, including a documentary titled Serving Time, Too sheds light on this often ignored topic that impacts thousands of children and ultimately the entire community.

Serving Time, Too premieres May 23 at 8 pm on WQED-TV, followed at 8:30pm by The Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Community Forum, a live discussion program from the Fred Rogers Studio at WQED. The documentary will rebroadcast on Monday, May 27 at 7:30 pm.

For more than a decade, PCGF focused its efforts on an initiative to address the needs of children whose parents were incarcerated. In addition to providing the seed money to establish Amachi Pittsburgh, the Foundation continues to address this issue by partnering with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and other grantmakers. Check out our Reports page for our previous reports to the community.