Dothan Eagle: Chemical endangerment charge questioned

AWRN commends the Dothan Eagle’s coverage of the continuing, barbaric stretch of Alabama’s chemical endangerment law to imprison pregnant women and new mothers for substance use.

Why is the legal system being called on to intervene in what is essentially a medical and treatment issue?  We must ask ourselves, what were we doing as a society to promote women’s health and healthy births before the chemical endangerment law and its misapplication?  We can and must do better.

Read the full article here.


Last Day to Register for this Saturday’s Workshop

Dear Community Member,

You’re invited to AWRN’s next educational workshop for loved ones and families of female and male prisoners. The workshop will be an all-day seminar that provides the tools families need to make the most of their loved one’s upcoming parole hearing and to prepare plans for their release. Workshop handbook, food, and a free gift will be provided.

Click on the link below to register now as space is limited.


If you have any questions or need assistance in registering, please contact AWRN at(205) 916-0135 ext. 501 or at


Spotlight on Karen Carr with Aid to Inmate Mothers

As any woman in Alabama state prison can tell you, Karen Carr is amazing.  Each week she leads Project Reconnect, a program that touches one everything essential–budgeting, family reunification, how to interview for a job, etc.  AWRN has seen how a woman’s face lights up when she speaks with Ms. Carr.  That’s because Ms. Carr will push you in every way to be your best, no matter your past.

This week the Montgomery Advertiser ran an article about Ms. Carr, detailing the past abuse Ms. Carr herself has overcome.  One of the most powerful remarks Ms. Carr makes about domestic violence in the article is this:

“Everybody asks, ‘Why didn’t she leave?’ They never ask, ‘Why did he hit her?'”  Read the full article here.

Ms. Carr is a facilitator with AWRN’s Parole Preparation and Family Reunification Workshops.  If you or someone you know has a loved one in prison, please contact AWRN to find out more about upcoming workshops.  Click here to find out more about this Saturday’s workshop in Birmingham, AL.


Don’t Forget: Drugs, Pregnancy and Parenting this Friday

The Alabama Women’s Resource Network, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, & Alabama Voices of Recovery present…

Drugs, Pregnancy and Parenting: What Experts in Medicine,

Social Work and the Law Have to Say

Friday, October 15

2 PM – 5:30 PM

University of Alabama at Birmingham

 Heritage Hall, Room 102
1401 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL

  •  Up-to-date research distinguishing myth from fact regarding the effects of prenatal drug exposure on fetal and child development.
  • Evidence-based responses and resources to address drug and alcohol use by pregnant women and parents.
  • Approaches that advance maternal and child health

PresentersDr. Deborah Frank, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics Boston University; Dr. Curtis Lowery, M.D., University of Arkansas School of Medicine; Mr. Dan Abrahamson, J.D., Legal Deirector of the Drug Policy Alliance; Dr. Brenda Smith, Ph.D., University of Alabama School of Social Work; Ms. Kathrine Jack, J.D., National Advocates for Pregnant Women; Ms. Tajuan McCarty, Executive Director of The Neighborhood House

FREE Continuing Education Units: Are available for lawyers (2.7 hrs inclduing ethics), social workers (3 hrs) and drug treatment counselors (3 hrs)

Registration Required: Space is limited and expected to fill quickly.  Please pre-register.

Questions: Contact Catherine Roden-Jones of The Alabama Women’s Resource Network at or (205) 916-0135 x 501

Free and open to the public!

Snacks will be provided



AWRN Tax Exempt

AWRN is pleased to announce that it has received 501(c)3 status from the Internal Revenue Service as of September 30, 2010.  All donations made to AWRN since July 13, 2010 and going forward are tax deductible.

This is a great day for the women we serve!