Two thirds of parents in the U.S., say parenting is harder today, than it was twenty years ago with many citing social media as the reason. However, parenting is even more challenging for parents who are incarcerated or for caregivers who are raising children with an incarcerated parent. Close to six million children in America have experienced losing a parent to jail or prison at some point in their lives.
The incarceration of a parent can be devastating to a families stability and it has an impact on the child's well being. There are 1.9 million children in the U.S. that have a parent in either a state or federal prison. Children of incarcerated parents often experience multiple emotional and social difficulties due to witnessing the arrest of the parent, criminal activity, separation from the parent, loss of family income, housing instability, change in caregivers, stressful visits with the incarcerated parent, and shame/stigma from peers.
Unlocking Futures offers an evidenced-based parenting program called Creating Lasting Family Connections that is designed to assist parents coming home from incarceration with re-entering into the lives of their children. Parents are taught communication skills, parental responsibilities, drug and alcohol prevention as well as how to talk with their children about their expectations and consequences. Parents learn how to be influencers in the lives of their children rather than authoritative figures, which creates a stronger bond between the parent and the child.
This program also has a youth component to it as well for children ages 10-17. Youth are taught the same skills and concepts as the parents, but on a level in which they can understand. Together the parent and the child can grow in their communication and help create a healthy relationship after incarceration.
Currently, due to COVID-19 programming is being done virtually.
If your in need of parenting classes or you have a client in need of our services please feel free to contact (614) 385-0771 or you can send an email to email@example.com with "Parenting Classes" in the subject line.