Posted on 1/16/2013 11:40 AM
When a parent is incarcerated, often their children are left wondering what’s happened to mom or dad, and if they will see them again.
We have cited studies in our previous blog posts stating that this separation can lead to eating and sleeping disorders, lower academic performance, and disruptive behavior. The shame and stress of parental incarceration combined with other challenges like poverty or an unstable home life put these children at high risk of ending up in prison.
It’s important that these children have role models and mentors in their life who can help them gain confidence and stay on the right track.
January is National Mentoring Month, and we support those who mentor children whose parents are in prison.
According to an article in The Christian Science Monitor, mentoring can help children with incarcerated parents do better in school. The longer they work with mentors, the more progress they have in their lives.
However, it also takes care coordination and regular interaction with their incarcerated parents to keep these children on the right path in life. Mentoring should not replace this, but instead supplement it.
This is how our Service Network for Children of Inmates has helped many children succeed.
Do you work as a mentor for children of inmates? Share your experience below.
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