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

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8. Is the decision to visit for the child or the parent?

Not all children, especially teens, will jump at the chance to visit a parent in prison. As a parent, it is up to you as to whether this is a decision they should have any input in. Some children are so overcome with anger and resentment that they are unable to see how beneficial it can be to maintain a relationship with the parent. Other children really want to see a parent but have anxiety about being in a prison environment. Try not to force children into visits and make sure that other ways to connect are available as an option.


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