Children with Incarcerated parents How they're effected

From resulting into poverty to below standard proficient reading levels in fourth-grade, the outcomes which forbids children with incarcerated parents from the ordinary childhood are remarkable. My parents are my everything. Without them I wouldn’t know my left from my right. Without them I wouldn’t understand who I am. I wouldn’t understand how to treat myself, let alone others. So how I cope with hearing of these incredibly unfortunate children? The truth is I don’t, nowhere near am I capable of hearing of these children without feeling the hairs on my arms erupt and appear as if I was shocked by an absurd amount of energy. There isn’t a time I hear of these children without having to restrain myself and keep my face from looking like the Niagra Falls. No child deserves the life these children are given.


Over 50 percent of my fellow peers surveyed that their relationships with their parents are stronger than a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. Most of whom which said that they look towards their parents for help when dealing with stress. We’re lucky to say that we can look towards our parents for help. We’re lucky to get home every single day and tell our parents what happened at school that day. Believe it or not, we’re lucky to be given 10 minute lectures by our parents after doing bad on a test or being told to put down your phone at the dinner table and then having to hear your parents tell the same story you’ve already heard on how back in their days they didn’t have iphones and used to actually have to go to their friends used to communicate with them. These children who have incarcerated parents aren’t able to do any of these things and they have no way to change that.

Conducted in a survey by yours truly, peers of mine confessed to many things which the stressed they faced interfered with. Examples beng, their mood, the sports they take part in, their mood, etc. Sports was one that really caught my interest. Sports is my stress-reliever, it’s what I look forward to each weekend, it’s where I gain knowledge from, it’s where I discipline myself from. But I’m always aware that I have my parents by my side at all times, and if needed I can look towards them for help. Whereas the children with incarcerated parents are looking towards outsiders who could care less about what happens to them.

Effects on children

According to a recent study, Ross D. Parke and his team in the Effects of Parental Incarceration on Young children article found that 1.1 million parents are incarcerated and are held in either local, state, or federal prisons(Ross). Segwaying into the estimated 2.3 million children(Ross) that are being left at home without their presence. In fact, there are no signs of reduction with the numbers of parental incarceration being doubled In the last decade(Ross). 452,500 parents in 1991 stood behind the treacherous bars of state and federal prisons. Whereas in 2000 that number escalated into 737,400, almost doubling its initial tally.

Also in the Effects of Parental Incarceration on Young children studies found that one in five children are present when their parent is being arrested. Moreover, more than half of the children are under the age of 7 and in the sole care of their mother(Ross). Occurrances like these are what really traumatize a child. At the age of 7 the most I was worried about was weather or not the Power Rangers series was airing on T.V.

On another note, the missing presence of these childrens’ parents are also affecting them academically. In the Books Behind Bars article, studies find that 68 percent of the fourth-graders in the United States read below a proficient level. Not only does it affect them in fourth grade, but studies find that one in every six children who aren’t reading proficiently in the third grade don’t graduate from school. Therefore, not having your parents around can prevent you from doing well in the future and having a successful life.

There’s the fortunate, the less fortunate, and then there’s the children with incarcerated children. You might get home when day aggravated with your parents, not wanting to speak, look, and associate yourself with them. Always remember cases like these, where these children wish the had just a fraction of the time with their parents that you luckily have with yours.

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