Explaining Jail and Prison to Children With Incarcerated Loved Ones

In 2010, the Pew Research Center found that 1.2 million incarcerated people had children under 18 years old. As a result, there are 2.7 million minor children who have a parent in jail or prison. In other words, 1-in-28 American children (3.6%) have an incarcerated parent. Just 25 years ago, the number was 1-in-125. About 1 in 9 black children have an incarcerated parent and more than 14,000 children of the incarcerated enter foster care each year.

A report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that the number of parents held in state and federal prisons increased by 79% between 1991 and midyear 2007. And half of the mothers (52%) and fathers (54%) in state prison reported that they were the primary provider for their children before their incarceration. Read more about the challenges facing children with an incarcerated parent, here.

Join us as we discuss the impact(s) of prison on children and address ways to explain it to them. This event is relevant for families with incarcerated loved ones and individuals who work with children of the incarcerated (as educators, caregivers, or service providers).

The event is organized by Project NIA and co-sponsored by the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM), Lawndale Amachi Mentorship Program (LAMP), Prisoner & Family Ministry Connection (Lutheran Social Service of illinois), and Woman of God’s Design Ministry (WOGD).

RSVP: https://childrenandprison.eventbrite.com/

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