If you find yourself in the position of caring for children who have one or more parents in prison, you have experienced the impact of prison deeply. You may have your own feelings about the incarcerated person and the potential financial weight you might have to bear. In addition, you also carry the weight of the child's longing for their absent parent.
HOW TO RAISE A CHILD WITH AN INCARCERATED PARENT
Research has shown that children who remain connected to their incarcerated parents exhibit fewer disruptive behaviors than those who don't.
As your child’s caregiver, your choices and priorities often determine the strength of this connection. Regardless of your personal disposition toward the person in prison, there are many benefits to helping the child and the incarcerated parent build a healthy relationship.
Prison Fellowship® has helpful resources for caregivers that provide creative and meaningful ways that you can facilitate healthy bonds between the incarcerated parent and child.* Click here for helpful suggestions on "Raising Children with a Parent in Prison."
*In some cases, providing contact to a child with their incarcerated parent can be harmful and/or illegal. This resource is not intended for those cases. Please use discretion in your own situation.