Imagine you’re a little kid playing football with your dad, and all of a sudden he gets taken away. This sudden absence of a parent is a life changing circumstance that comes with feelings of confusion and anger. According to prisonlegalnews.org 1 in 28 children in the United States have a parent in state or federal prison, and have to cope with their dramatic loss of losing a parent. 2.7 million Children are emotionally overwhelmed by this transition and are oftentimes reluctant to open up about their feelings.
Unfortunately there are not enough resources to support young children and families coping with a parent in prison. For this reason, Sesame Workshop launched the Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration initiative. They aim at supporting children with an incarcerated parent and help them persevere through such a challenging experience. The resources include videos and a storybook for children to help comfort them. There are guides for parents and caregivers to help them talk to their children about incarceration.
This initiative is raising awareness of the struggle children go through when facing a parent in prison. Ideally, more people will get involved in this initiative to further expand the resources for children with an incarcerated parent.
A quote to end with, “I may not be perfect but when I look at my children I know that I got something in my life perfectly right”