There are 2.7 million children under 18 who have an incarcerated parent and over 5 million have experienced the incarceration of a parent at some point in their lives. In other words, 1 in 28 American children (3.6%) have an incarcerated parent. Thirty years ago, the number was 1 in 125. About 1 in 9 Black children and 1 in 28 Latino children have an incarcerated parent. More than 14,000 children of incarcerated parents enter foster care each year.
These numbers are staggering. As a result of the epidemic of incarceration, millions of children have endured traumatic separations from their parents. This has impacted their material conditions, their mental health, their school performance and their overall well-being.
Mariame Kaba & bria royal have created Missing Daddy to address the impacts of prison on children. Haymarket Books is republishing Missing Daddy as a hardcover this fall. Join us for the release of the hardcover version of the book.
From 7:30 to 8:30 pm, join Mariame for a mini-workshop to address ways to discuss incarceration with children. This will be relevant for families with incarcerated loved ones, individuals who work with children of the incarcerated (such as educators, caregivers, or service providers), and a general public interested in developing better communication skills regarding incarceration.