Many are not aware that Children of Incarcerated Parents, that Domestic Violence can play a huge part in their lives. The children are innocent. In the holidays they can feel very alone, abandoned, rejected, etc.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
More than five million U.S. children have had a parent in prison. (This is almost certainly an underestimate.)
One in 14 U.S. children. According to their parents, nearly seven percent of children in the United States have lived with a parent who was incarcerated at some time after the child’s birth. This amounts to more than five million children, ages birth through 17, as of 2011-12. Among children younger than 6, the rate is 5 percent. Among those ages 6 to 11, and 12 to 17, the rate is 8 percent each. Because the prevalence is about the same among younger and older school-age children, we can infer that most initial episodes of parental incarceration occurred before the child was 9—after which rates remain relatively stable.
Effects on children:
Children with an incarcerated parent are more likely to experience additional adverse events. The incarceration of a parent is an event included in many lists of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), along with witnessing domestic violence, living with a person who is mentally ill or suicidal, and other negative circumstances. ACEs are exposures that are associated with increased risk for trauma, or toxic stress, particularly when they are cumulative. While some level of stress can be manageable or even positive, sustained or extreme stress can lead to various kinds of physiological dysfunction, disease, and early mortality.
Let's support this year CH.E.L.A.4kids.
Director: Alicia Figueras-Lambert
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Remember "Children are a gift from God"! When you give to help one of these little ones God blesses you as well.
Enjoy your Holidays, Victoria del Toro