Inmate & Family Issues

How To Keep an Inmate Involved in the Lives of the Children

One of the hardest things for an inmate to deal with is being removed from his or her children. Not being there for daily routines means missing out on much of the child’s development and preparation for life. These easy steps will keep your inmate connected and active in the lives of the children.

Phone Calls

Assign one day a week when your inmate will talk to each… Read more

Inmate & Family Issues

Parents in Jail: Getting a Preschool-aged Child Ready to Visit

Preschool-aged children are very attached to their parents. If one of them is suddenly arrested and incarcerated it can cause lots of anxiety. Allowing the child to visit the parent can help alleviate those fears but it is important to explain what’s coming with age-appropriate discussions.

Talk it over immediately

Waiting too long to explain to a child about where his or her parent has gone does… Read more

Inmate Visitation

Parental Visitation: Know the keys to Helping Your Child Visit Their Parent in Jail

Children typically desire contact with their parents, even if a parent is incarcerated, so learn the ropes to keep the connection going:

Keep it Simple

Depending on the age of the child, you can explain without going into too much detail, why the parent is in jail.

Preschool to elementary kids – Let them know that a judge thinks the parent did something wrong and broke a… Read more

Inmate & Family Issues

4 Things to Tell Young Kids When Dad is In Jail

While your husband is incarcerated, your children will want to know what has happened. These four things can ease their mind without burdening them.

  1. Explain why he went. Without being specific about the exact crime he is accused of, you can tell the children that the judge thinks their dad broke the law and he is in jail until he can work out some problems. They might press
Inmate Visitation

Jail Visits: Taking the Children With You to See Their Parent Inmate

If you want to take children to a jail visit, it is important that you plan ahead. Children’s moods, ages and personalities all play a part in how successful the visit will be. Take these steps to ensure success.

Your timing: If you have young children, take their nap times into consideration. Nothing is harder than trying to handle a tired, cranky toddler during a jail visit. Schedule the… Read more

Inmate & Family Issues

Should Children Visit Parents in Jails and Prisons?

Children think in very literal terms. Rules are to be obeyed and if you don’t obey them you are being bad. When a parent goes to jail, the child not only has to accept the fact that the parent made a really bad choice, but they also have to comprehend that the parent has been removed from the child’s daily life.

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