It is estimated that 1.7 million youth in the United States have at least one parent in prison and that millions more have a parent in jail. Research suggests that children of incarcerated parents are more prone to struggle with mental and physical health, along with difficulties in the school setting. The Center for Children of Incarcerated parents reports that children of prisoners are 5 times more likely than other children to end up in prison.While the numbers may look grim, it is always important to remember that children are resilient and with the right support system in place, many of these children will find success. Research indicates that the practice of mentoring can be positive for many children and initial results show that this is true as well for the subsection of children with incarcerated parents. The life experiences of these children may differ slightly from other children and it is important for the mentor to keep that in mind during day to day interactions with them.
LSS Mentoring Services is partnering with LSS Fatherhood and Families to present a training on children of incarcerated parents. This training will aim to provide information on the effects of children having parents in prison or jail, insight into children communicating and visiting with their parents in the South Dakota prison system, and the needs and “to do’s” for mentoring children of incarcerated parents.
The training will take place on November 13 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM at the LSS Center for Children and Youth, located at 621 East Presentation Street in Sioux Falls. Click on the session to RSVP.