When caregivers provide their child with dependable and reliable information about his or her parent’s incarceration, they lay the foundation for developing resilience. The disclosure fosters a trusting relationship between the caregiver and child, creating a comfortable environment for the child to ask difficult questions while grieving his or her loss and adjusting to a new reality.
“We are the people standing in line behind you at the grocery store. We’re the children playing basketball at the park next to your house. We’re driving in the car to the left of you. We’re sitting next to you on the train. This invisibility is what makes familial incarceration so difficult to grapple with.” — Alyssa