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Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents

Children of Promise & Amachi 

Mentoring Children of Promise allows children with an incarcerated parent to experience the support of a mentoring relationship. These children often need extra support and encouragement to live up to their potential.

Children with an incarcerated parent are more likely to become mad or depressed, take a dim view of police and authority and tend to not do as well in school. They are six times more likely than other kids to be incarcerated during their lives. For these children, a positive relationship with a Big Brother or Big Sister can be the key to breaking the cycle of incarceration. Research shows that a Big Brother or Big Sister can improve a child’s academic performance, behavior, self-concept, and family and peer relationships.

“I am currently incarcerated and far away from my children, and this is hard on all of us,” said Dannielle whose three children are in the BBBS program. “I am very grateful to Big Brothers Big Sisters for allowing my children to be a part of this program.”

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters also offers a faith-based mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents. In Amachi, congregations recruit parishioners to mentor children of promise and become friends, listeners and confidants. These people of faith are motivated to volunteer because they realize incarceration is not just the children’s problems, it’s a community problem.

To find out if this program is available in your area, contact your local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency or call 888-KS4-BIGS.

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