Janelle Wood is the founder of Black Mothers Forum. Janelle is dedicated to ensuring that the lives of our black children, especially our black sons, are protected and given every opportunity to fulfill their God-given purpose. Janelle has an economics degree from Arizona State University and a master's degree in biblical leadership from Phoenix Seminary. She is the founder of a homeless ministry and served as a teacher, coach, and mentor to women released from prison who want to serve the Lord; restore broken relationships; and become positive influences within their respective communities.
Arizona families are not immune to this troubling trend. In fact, we are one of the worst offenders. We incarcerate women at almost twice the rate of most other states, and four times the rate of our neighbor, Utah.