Parent Connection Program

Children of prisoners face some of life’s harshest challenges, including poverty, violence, limited opportunities for a good education, and the ever-present risk of becoming apart of the cycle of incarceration at some point in their lives.  

In addition to these unfortunate realities, having an incarcerated parent is recognized as an “adverse childhood experience” (ACE) and is distinguished from other adverse childhood experiences by the distinct combination of trauma, shame, stigma, and lack of the cohesive family structure needed to avoid the risks associated with having a parent behind bars.  

IAR cares deeply about the outcomes of these children. Read on to understand our take on incarceration and how we help.