Children with Incarcerated Parents

Every incarcerated parent is more than the crime they have been charged with or convicted of, and, as Mommy or Daddy, they may be one of the most important people-if not the most important person-in the child's life.

Engaging Incarcerated Parents

Every incarcerated parent is more than the crime they have been charged with or convicted of, and, as Mommy or Daddy, they may be one of the most important people-if not the most important person-in the child’s life.

Although the courts originally ruled that I shouldn’t see my father until I turn 18, the judge allowed me a visit.

Pen Pals; Parenting from Prison

After my father was arrested, my aunt and grandparents thought not seeing him until I was 18 the best for me, and the courts agreed. Since then, I’ve had to wake up each day with the hurt of knowing I will not see my father

I love my dad. He means so much to me and I wouldn’t trade him for the world, not even for multi-billionaire Bill Gates. Am I still mad at him for being in jail instead of with me all those years?

Out of Prison and Into My Life

I love my dad. He means so much to me and I wouldn’t trade him for the world, not even for multi-billionaire Bill Gates. Am I still mad at him for being in jail instead of with me all those years?

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Children of incarcerated parents may also face a number of other challenging circumstances. They may have experienced trauma related to their parent’s arrest or experiences leading up to it.

Caring for Children of Prisoners

aving a parent in prison or jail poses different challenges for the child at each stage of
development. As children strive to understand rules and consequences and to have empathy for others, adults in their world must be honest and genuine.