Incarcerated Parents Reconnect with their Children

On November 30, 2013 the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) held its first ever Universal Children's Day, a visiting event for incarcerated parents and their families. The event was a tremendous success. Nearly 8,500 children visited more than 4,000 federal inmates during the special weekend. Please click here to see a blog, written by BOP Director Charles Samuels about the event.  

As a part of the day, BOP circulated materials from Sesame Street’s Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration Campaign, which includes story books for young children about having an incarcerated parent and tips for caregivers about how to talk to young children about this challenging issue.  

Children’s Day was followed by a memo from BOP Director Samuels to all bureau inmates highlighting the success of the event and stating that “there is no substitute for looking your children in the eye and letting them know you care about them.”  Click here (PDF, 2 pages) to view the memo.

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