What Is Incarceration?
Alex feels upset when discussing his father's incarceration with friends.
- Together, watch the video of Alex, Abby, and Rosita talking about incarceration.
- Ask, “Why do you think Alex didn’t want to talk about where his dad is?” and “Have you ever felt this way?” Talk together about what it meant that Alex’s dad was incarcerated. (Depending on children’s age, you might write the word “incarcerated” down and help kids say it out loud.)
- Encourage kids to explain incarceration to a favorite stuffed animal. To extend the conversation, ask, “Does your animal have any questions?”
ArtMaker: Draw It Out! Incarceration
Help a child express themselves through drawing activities.
Little Children, Big Feelings
Use these strategies to help a child open up about their feelings.
Something to Count On
Caring adults and predictable daily activities will help a child feel safe.
Learn great ways to help keep an incarcerated parent connected to their child.
Ask Me Anything
Telling children the truth goes a long way toward building trust and healing.
Caregiver Workshop: Taking Care of Yourself
Caregivers can take better care of children when they have support from friends, family, and community.
Coping With Incarceration
An overview of strategies adults can use to help kids understand incarceration and the changes it brings.