Breaking the cycle,
building the bond

Girls Embracing Mothers empowers girls with mothers in prison to break the cycle of incarceration and lead successful lives with vision and purpose.

GEM recognizes the dignity and humanity of girls and women directly impacted by maternal incarceration.

GEM provides programming that empowers girls with mothers in prison to use their stumbling blocks as stepping stones for a brighter tomorrow.

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The Need

Women are the fastest growing incarcerated population. On any given day, more than 2 million children in this country have a parent in jail or prison.

Our Programs

GEM offers vital programs designed to empower the lives of girls with incarcerated mothers and assist them in building lives that have vision & purpose.

About the Founder

Combining her passion to help others with personal hardship, Brittany Barnett founded GEM after she and her sister experienced the incarceration of their own mother.

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Thank you for your interest in Girls Embracing Mothers, Inc. There are several ways you can support us and be a part of making a difference. Make a donation now, or learn about how to become a volunteer or sponsor.

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Creating Memories

Crayons, silly drawings and cuddles. 

Moments of one-on-one time that can be taken for granted. Not for these girls. They soak in every second because they have to.

The Girls Embracing Mothers program at the Woodman State Jail gives daughters a chance to build their relationship with their mothers. Just because a mother is behind bars does not mean that they cannot be a positive force in the lives of their children. 

Memories even of the simple things matter most.