1 in every 28 children in the United States has an incarcerated parent.*

In North Carolina, more than 28,000 children have a parent in prison. According to The Annie E. Casey Foundation, an estimated 179,000 children in the state have experienced parental incarceration and the resulting consequences.

Our Children’s Place of Coastal Horizons Center is a statewide program committed to the well-being of these children through advocacy, education, and outreach. 

 

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In order to support children with an incarcerated parent and help them persevere through such a challenging experience, Sesame Workshop launched the Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration initiative. The bi-lingual (English/Spanish) resources include videos and a storybook for children to help support and comfort them, videos and guides for parents and caregivers to help them find the language to talk about incarceration with their children, and a resource for the incarcerated parent that highlights the importance of communication.

For more information, visit the Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration website or contact Our Children's Place. 

A Bill of Rights for the Children of Incarcerated Parents

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The San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (SFCIPP) has created this downloadable bill of rights.  Click either link below to download your copy.

Latest News

As we make our Mother's Day plans for this Sunday to honor and remember our mothers and those who have acted as our mothers, let's not forget two groups in our communities: children whose mothers are in jail or prison and mothers who are incarcerated. Mother's Day may look and feel different for them.

What can your community do to support them on Mother's Day and throughout the rest of year?
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1 week ago

As we make our Mothers Day plans for this Sunday to honor and remember our mothers and those who have acted as our mothers, lets not forget two groups in our communities: children whose mothers are in jail or prison and mothers who are incarcerated. Mothers Day may look and feel different for them.

What can your community do to support them on Mothers Day and throughout the rest of year?

Families come in many forms, but It's always wonderful to see them come together to celebrate an achievement. The 12 fathers who completed Parenting Inside Out at Carteret Correctional Center were celebrated at graduation on Sunday, 4/28. Children, mothers and grandmothers, wives and girlfriends, and other family members gathered to mark this special day. The fathers welcomed the guests, offered their thoughts on the class, and closed the program with thanks.

All enjoyed yummy food (including two cakes!), family photos, a craft for the kids, and the chance to be families.
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2 weeks ago

Families come in many forms, but Its always wonderful to see them come together to celebrate an achievement. The 12 fathers who completed Parenting Inside Out at Carteret Correctional Center were celebrated at graduation on Sunday, 4/28. Children, mothers and grandmothers, wives and girlfriends, and other family members gathered to mark this special day. The fathers welcomed the guests, offered their thoughts on the class, and closed the program with thanks.

All enjoyed yummy food (including two cakes!), family photos, a craft for the kids, and the chance to be families.

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We travel the state educating North Carolinians about the children of incarcerated parents.  Have we been in your neck of the woods?  Click here to find out!  If you'd like us to visit you next, let us know!

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