Did you know that 10 million children between the ages of 4 – 18 have one or both parents incarcerated at this moment? And that 79% of these minors are abruptly uprooted from their homes, neighborhoods and schools to live with extended family members while about 10% become wards of foster care. Children who end up in foster care stay there longer or never get to leave state’s custody.
65% of the children who have an incarcerated parent will also be incarcerated someday. Incarcerated mothers are placed in correctional institutions 160 miles further away than incarcerated fathers, making it almost impossible to visit with children. We need to do something now to break this vicious cycle.