Effect of having a parent in prison

Mary Falcon talks to Katelen Fortunati, the author of the Safer Society’s Storybooks for children with incarcerated parent(s). (See Self Help, Children / Adolescents). They discuss, how parent-child attachments are impacted by parental incarceration, how communication is affected and ways around this by drawing and writing to the parent; also the importance of truth about the situation. Attachment and mental health issues are discussed. Counselling and accompanying the children on visits to the incarcerated parent also formed part of Katelen’s work.