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

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6. Seek outside support for both yourself and your children, including spiritual counselors, teachers, community programs and parenting classes.

Parenting is difficult even for those of us who feel the most prepared for it, and we all need support. Parents can get very defensive when they are asked to take parenting class repeatedly as a condition of their probation. As someone who facilitates parenting classes, I want to emphasize that most programs don’t assume every parent is unfit or incapable. Parenting can be difficult whether you have a criminal history or a clean record. All parents need support in some way, shape or form. A PO may tell a parent to take parenting class more than three times and as a parent you have to stay focused that even if certain conditions are annoying, you should be willing to do whatever it takes in order to be and stay reunited with your child. Take advantage of support systems in the community in addition to those close to you.

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