NEW! Our New Series For Children With An Incarcerated Parent
The child has many questions about what will happen and, throughout the story, his questions are answered. Both books include activities for children and tips for parents and professionals.
Mommies and Daddies in Jail and Moms and Dads Come Home From Jail
Children, who are victims of their parent's crimes, are often afraid and confused by the changes in their own lives. Their questions and deeply felt concerns are not always addressed.
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"I didn't get a chance to thank you for this great book. I first encountered "Mommies and Daddies in Jail" on a table in the visiting room at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn where federal defendants are housed pretrial. There was a whole stack of them. The lawyer visiting spaces are glass-wall cubicles in the general visiting area. I was waiting for a client - something I often have to do - and read through it. I instantly recognized how helpful it could be in addressing my clients' needs and those of their families. I am on the CJA panel in the Southern District of New York and many of my clients - both incarcerated and on bail - have young children. This is a great resource. Thank you for all your work."
"Retired educators! They don't die; they help children with parents in prison!
I retired from education in 1997 and founded this organization 6 years ago. I love the work and the community has been very supportive. It's people like the two of you who support our efforts and help the child in his/her adjustment. I checked your website and downloaded some of the resources.
Thank you for all you do in this critical area. Anything we can do to get them early is worth the effort."
"We received your booklet last night, what a wonderful surprise to come home to!
My nephew and I opened the package and read the book together; we are now planning to visit his dad for the first time next week! Thanks to this helpful literature we are much more knowledgeable about the situation and a lot more comfortable bringing his son to visit.
Thank you for your kindness and continued support through this difficult time."
"Mommies and Daddies has been so very much appreciated by our participants and by other professionals we've gifted it to at the Baltimore County Detention Center. Thanks so very much for your meaningful contribution to this work!"
"At Damascus Public Library we have only a few copies left of your helpful publication "Mommies and Daddies in Jail" in both English and in Spanish. This is obviously a much-needed resource for some of our customers."
"Your Mommies and Daddies in Jail book has been a very useful resource in my work as school psychologist. In a very sensitive manner, it provides clear, useful information for parents and teachers to use with young children as a basis for discussion about facts, thoughts and feelings related to issues that arise when the parent of a young child is in prison. The "question and answer" format of the book responds to these issues in a very user-friendly manner.
Whenever I have shared this book with a teacher or parent, the feedback has been extremely positive.
Thank you very much for sharing this excellent resource with me."
"Thank you. These booklets are tremendous resources and I will let folks in CEA know about Mommies and Daddies in Jail."
"This is an excellent tool to help reach adults who can have a positive influence on school age children, many of whom are "at risk" themselves to no fault of their own, but only because of a parental situation and its impacts."
"Thank you so much for these valuable tools for helping children of the incarcerated. I know from my own children that emotions described here are real. I disappeared from their lives and they couldn't understand why. Prison Fellowship serves over 400,000 children with incarcerated parents in our Angel Tree program. I am passing these along to those who lead it to see how it may be of help to those children."
"This is a great initiative."
"This is truly inspirational!"
"Thank you so much for sharing this with me. The Mommies and Daddies in Jail is an excellent book for children whose parents have been arrested. I will share this with my team."
"Over the years, I have dealt with students who have had parents or other close relatives in prison. The issue has not been addressed. Some of these students have gone to counseling. Others strive to be like those family members who are incarcerated. They think its "cool". More needs to be done throughout the school district to address the issues these students face."
"I know personally that the bewilderment that is described in these is very real. Though there were no flashing lights and police cars, I disappeared from my children's lives. It was very difficult for them. They didn't know why I was gone, they just felt abandoned. A pamphlet like this would have helped my wife explain to the children what was going on in our lives."
"One thing that stood out was that the principals, school counselors and teachers find difficulty in dealing with their high risk difficult students, some of whom have parents who are incarcerated. A handbook like Mommies and Daddies in Jail could help them understand the impact of incarceration on families and in particular children, and equip them with knowledge and skills to work with these children better."