Each year, the ASU Center for Child Well-Being recognizes the contributions of people who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to ensuring that children are living in safe, supportive, and nurturing communities. One of this year’s recipients, Sandra Barnhill has a long and illustrious career in supporting families impacted by incarceration

For over three decades, Sandra Kay Barnhill, an attorney, has been an activist and national advocate championing reentry services that provide comprehensive support to those who were incarcerated so that they can successfully reunite with their families and reintegrate back into the community. She is the founder and CEO of Foreverfamily, Inc., formerly Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers, Inc. (AIM), a national nonprofit headquartered in Atlanta. In its 35 years, Foreverfamily has provided services to over 40,000 children with a parent in prison. She was recognized in 2004 by the Ford Foundation with the Leadership for a Changing World Award for tackling tough Issues and getting results.
Ms. Barnhill is a recipient of a 2021 Encore Public Voices Fellowship, a prestigious initiative designed to accelerate the ideas and impact of new and necessary thought leaders, all working at the intersection of intergenerational connection and social justice. Her op-eds have appeared in The Hill Reporter and Visible Magazine. Ms. Barnhill serves on the boards of College AIM and the Partnership for Southern Equity. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law and her BA from Georgia State University.

See the award ceremony video with Ms. Barnhill and NRCCFI Director Ann Adalist-Estrin.