1 in 28 children in the United States have a parent in state or federal prison.
Unfortunately, few resources exist to support young children and families coping with this life-changing circumstance. These children have to deal with the confusion, shame, and anger that accompany the sudden absence of a parent. The 2.7 million children with an incarcerated parent share similar experiences, but they don’t often feel comfortable talking about them. Their parents and caregivers don’t often know how to begin the conversation, and at times discourage children from mentioning it to other adults in their life, such as teachers and extended family.
In order to support children with an incarcerated parent and help them persevere through such a challenging experience, Sesame Workshop launched the Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration initiative. The bi-lingual (English/Spanish) resources include videos and a storybook for children to help support and comfort them, videos and guides for parents and caregivers to help them find the language to talk about incarceration with their children, and a resource for the incarcerated parent that highlights the importance of communication.
Divine Family Resources Center
Divine Family Resources Center provides Housing Assistance, Basic Living Skills, Vocational training, Mental health and Substance abuse counseling, Job referrals, Mentoring, and Leadership workshops. We provide services to low income families, homeless veterans, youth and young adults between the ages of 11-25 years old that are at risk of joining gangs, going to prison, and/or becoming high school drop outs. Our goal is to develop and empower our clients to become positive leaders and responsible adults.
The mission of Divine Family Resource Center is to develop the total person; spirit, mind and body through character-development programs that build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities .
We are empowering people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive development services in a diverse and caring environment.
Friends and Family of Incarcerated Persons
The primary purpose and focus of the Friends and Family of Incarcerated Persons, Inc. (FFIP) is to help those who are left behind when society removes our loved ones from us. Our group provides a forum for open discussion about the problems we encounter. The friends and family can move past the stigma and connect with others having similar experiences.
Prison the Hidden Sentence
The purpose of this blog is to educate and empower those who have loved ones in prison. Raising awareness one story at a time.
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