CwHIP (Children who Have Incarcerated Parents)

Our goal is to minimize these challenges by surrounding them with a community of people who understand and children who are in similar situations.  We also provide positive stimulation and programs that are created with them in mind such as:

  • Dedicated Boy’s and Girl’s Scout Troop (starting in fall 2018)

  • Picnics and festivals

  • Group activities (e.g. movie night, bowling, etc.)

  • Camps (e.g. painting, photography, crocheting, etc.)

For more information on how you can help call 240-825-4868.

Having a parent in prison can have an impact on a child’s mental health, social behavior, and educational prospects.The emotional trauma that may occur and the practical difficulties of a disrupted family life can be compounded by the social stigma that children may face as a result of having a parent in prison or jail.2

Children of incarcerated parents may also face a number of other challenging circumstances. They may have experienced trauma related to their parent’s arrest or experiences leading up to it. Children of incarcerated parents may also be more likely to have faced other adverse childhood experiences, including witnessing violence in their communities or directly in their household or exposure to drug and alcohol abuse.4

Saturday, May 19, 2018

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1 La Vigne, Davies, & Brazzell, 2008
2 La Vigne et al., 2008
3. La Vigne et al., 2008
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2013; Phillips & Gleeson, 2007