There are an estimated 1.7 million children and youth in the United States have a least one parent in a State or Federal correctional facility.
The objective of the Mentoring Children of Prisoners program is to create quality, lasting one-to-one relationships that provide children of offenders with caring role models for future success. Mentors provide opportunities for youth to gain new skills and interests and expand their experiences beyond their families, schools, and neighborhoods by acting as a trusted friend. Research has shown that a quality, enduring mentoring relationship with a caring adult can be a promising intervention for children of prisoners.
There is clear and convincing evidence that children of prisoners are at increased risk for disengagement, behavior issues, academic challenges, substance abuse and criminal activity. Mentoring a child whose parent is incarcerated can help children by reducing their first-time drug and alcohol use, improving their relationships and academic performance, and reducing the likelihood that they will initiate violence. Mentors can provide these children with opportunities to develop a trusting relationship with a supportive, caring adult and a stable environment that can promote healthy values and strong families.
To learn more about Mentoring Children of Prisoners contact:
Customer Relations: 404-601-7000
Below please find a link to pamphlets provided by “The Family and Corrections Network (FCN)” that offer an array of information to further assist you in your relationship.