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Support for children with incarcerated parents. How to help a child when their parent is in Jail
Do you have a loved one in Jail? Support for children with incarcerated parents can be found here with books on how to help, support and care for them.
What is most commonly thought about when a loved one goes to prison?
Most of the time the focus is towards the person in prison, whilst for others, coping with and the strain of having that person in jail can be immense.
Why should we support children and incarcerated parents?
Children especially need help during this time when their Dad is in jail or any close family member. They will find it hard to understand why this person they love so much has been taken away from them. Their daily routines will change and relationships with other people and friends may be affected.
This is a time that not just the parents, but the children, need all the love and support they can get. They have been put in a vulnerable state due to no fault of their own. The physiological impact can be immense and help during this stressful time is absolutely necessary to continue with a happy childhood.
Photo by Renesmee Carlie Cullen.
Children of incarcerated parents statistics
How many children in America have a parent in Prison?
The number of children with incarcerated parents is growing.
Over 2.3 million children in America alone are now growing up with either a mother or father parent in prison.
What are some of the consequences of having a parent in jail without good structured help?
With a parent in jail they are innocent victims who often themselves end up in the same circumstances as their parents. Sometimes suffering from social behavior issues, and often turning to a life of drugs and crime.
Parental incarceration has a direct effect on young adults. During this time it is vital that they get the help, support and advise and understanding they need for a healthily balanced and mental lifestyle.
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Children of incarcerated parents book, My Daddy is in Jail - A resource on how to help a child of incarcerated parents
"My Daddy is in Jail" is a resource for helping children cope with the incarceration of a loved one. This book includes a read-aloud story, discussion guide, caregiver advise and optional group theropy activities. With the aid of this book, along with professionals, and other caring adults, parents will find themselves better equipped to provide information and support to their children and their families.
My Daddy is in Jail could help any younger child you may know that has a loved one in prison.
My Daddy is in Jail
Empowering Children of Incarcerated Parents (7 to 12 yrs) - Support for child and how to help a child and incarcerated parents
This book is for social workers, psychologists, counsellors and teachers who work with children ages 7-12 who have a parent who is in jail. The book is designed to help create support groups.
Each chapter includes a brief review plus help and advise for additional support. Covers areas for discussion, fictional letters between a boy and his incarcerated father, activities, and worksheets.
This will immensely help a young child with an incarcerated parent. Designed for adults work through the child's trauma.
Loving Through Bars: Children with Parents in Prison
This book introduces some of the 2.3 million who have themselves become victims of their parents' criminal activity. With sociological analysis, personal accounts are featured here, It is written by an experienced educator, and deals with of the instability and uncertainties that children of prisoners suffer with and their attempts to cope with and find a starting place for social integration.
All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated
An award-winning journalist's "heart wrenching" look at kids with parents in prison (The San Antonio Observer)
Newsweek "book of the week"
East Bay Express bestseller.
Award-winning journalist Nell Bernstein takes a look at the parents and kids whom over two million of them are torn apart by our current incarceration policy.
Reviews of 'All Alone in the World'
A much-needed voice for those kids serving time right alongside their parents. -- Ruminator Review
An urgent invitation to care for all children as our own. -- Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family
Belongs not only on shelves but also in the hands of judges and lawmakers. -- San Francisco Chronicle
Powerful....Highly recommended. -- Choice
Serious, moving, and well organized...this book could help galvanize a national will to tackle such problems. -- Library Journal, starred review
This is the book we children of prisoners have been waiting for. -- Chesa Boudin
Well researched and smoothly written....pumps up awareness of the problems [and] provides a checklist for what needs to be done. --Publishers Weekly, starred review
Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Handbook of Researchers and Practitioners
A book explaining that kids with parents in prison are more likely to experience learning difficulties, poor health, and substance abuse, and eventually have an increased chance of becoming incarcerated themselves.
Addressing the issues and needs of youth with imprisoned parents from child welfare, health care, and education perspectives.
The possible consequences of having incarcerated parents.
Children of Incarcerated Parents: Theoretical Developmental and Clinical Issues
This book is filled with research findings and tackles clinical issues.
It is a comprehensive source for understanding and intervening with children of incarcerated parents and draws from their experiences.
A resource for children of incarcerated parents
Support for child book, The Night Dad Went to Jail - What to Expect When Someone You Love Goes to Jail (Life's Challenges)
A book aimed at young children and incarcerated parents helping them through difficult times.