With the highest incarceration rate in the world, the United States has approximately 3 million children with at least one parent doing time. A sudden parental departure commonly leads to separation anxiety, anger, sadness, and feelings of loneliness and abandonment amongst young children.
Children and families with a loved one in prison are also “doing time” for their loved one’s mistake. There is a stigma that is commonly associated with families with a loved one in prison. Because of this, children are more at risk for emotional, social, and classroom problems. Depending on their age, they are also more susceptible to engaging in substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, and gang activity.
By opening a dialogue not only between children and adults but also children with other children, these problems can be alleviated through understanding and support. Prison Fellowship hopes to follow our mission of restoring not only the child but also the entire family by providing a list of books for children with an incarcerated parent. For more resources of support for families of the incarcerated, please visit and learn more about Prison Fellowship’s Angel Treeprogram.