Guest blogger Bethany McIlrath shares how teachers can influence at-risk children of the incarcerated for the better.
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.
"All my life, the gang members that I hung with and ran with gave me everything I wanted, but nothing that I needed."
Your incarcerated loved one is getting out of prison. This is what you've been waiting for. This is why you've run for second chances, signed petitions, and shared your family's story.
So how do you prepare for your loved one's reentry?
A version of the following article originally aired as a BreakPoint commentary, and is reproduced here with permission.
It was back in the 1990s when I was practically a kid writer here at BreakPoint that I first heard about Prison Fellowship’s amazing Angel Tree program.
“Generation to generation, it all stems from me.”
The lament of Sheldon Johnson, Sr. is a familiar one for many families stuck in a cycle of crime and incarceration. A deaf child raised by parents who showed little interest in communicating with him, Johnson struggled with feelings of inadequacy and nonacceptance.
One of the less obvious statistics about crime and incarceration is also one of the most significant.
Nationwide, there are 2.7 million children with at least one parent behind bars. These kids are forced to deal with feelings of abandonment, shame, guilt, and loneliness, and face not having their mom or dad present for the landmark moments of their young lives.