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.