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More than five million U.S. children have had a parent in prison. Research has found that children affected by an incarcerated parent increase the likelihood of health problems, behavioral issues, difficulty in school, and emotional difficulties. Research also shows that when incarcerated parents have communication with their children while in prison, it reduces the trauma the children feel due to the separation from them. Additionally, it reduces stress for the child and caregiver and has the potential to stop the cycle of incarceration.


That’s why creating a more child-friendly environment while visiting an incarcerated parent reduces the anxiety that comes with visiting a parent in prison. The Snake River Correctional Institution’s (SRCI) Dads4life Kids Camp is just one way this type of child-friendly environment is created.

The camp is two days of one-on-one time with Dad. These days are filled with games, food, and interactive activities that make the normally restricted and structured visiting setting feel noticeably different. For many of these children, this is the only time they get to see their father in person.

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