For parents like Grace—thrust into a position she never saw coming—the daily juggling act of solo parenting can feel insurmountable. But there’s great hope and joy to be found in the journey.
Seventy percent of prisoners’ children have caregivers who are over the age of 50. Many of these caregivers are grandparents. This Grandparents Day, we want to honor those family members who care for youth while their moms and dads are away.
When her grown daughter went to prison, Karen accepted the dual role of Mom and Grandma to take care of two little ones. It was the most difficult thing she’s ever done—and she would do it all over again if she had to. But what did it take to survive the challenges?
Guest blogger Terri Grothe shares how to tell a child their parent is incarcerated and how to have open communication between the child and caregiver.
"I can't believe you want to know my story. No one has ever asked me my story. No one has ever cared before."
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.
The following article was originally published in Spring 2017 edition of Inside Journal. Inside Journal is a quarterly newspaper published by Prison Fellowship® just for prisoners.
I have been an Angel Tree church coordinator for many years, but 2014 has to have been the best ministry year yet.