Parenting Before Parole: 15 Ways to Help Children Deal with the Incarceration of a Parent

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4.  Unless a parent proves themselves unfit, work together so that children can have regular contact. 

Incarceration doesn’t have to mean the end of a relationship between parent and child. Parents that want to have continued contact with their children should be able to. If a parent in prison can maintain a healthy, consistent relationship with the child, phone calls, letters and visits should be encouraged. Visiting a parent in jail doesn’t have to be a negative experience. Facilitating this relationship can help children who would otherwise feel abandoned or are worried about that parent’s well-being.

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