Gr 3-5-Opening with the statement that there are consequences for breaking rules, the authors go through the entire incarceration process from arrest through fingerprinting to appearing before a judge and sentencing. They describe the feelings that children might be having (sad, angry, confused, etc.) and encourage them to talk about these emotions. Changes that might take place at home are mentioned, and visits to the incarcerated person are covered. The book ends by suggesting that there will be an adjustment to be made when the parent is released. The very clear glossary adds to the usefulness of the text, but the poorly drawn artwork, with numerous people with misshapen faces, does little to enhance the book's value. Still, it's a useful choice for guidance counselors when the situation arises.-Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
According to the National Association of School Psychologists there are approximately 1.5 million children in the United
States with a parent in prison. Children with parents in prison are five times more likely than the average child to commit
crimes and be imprisoned. By the next decade, one half of all prisoners will be from a family which had a parent in prison.
In When A Parent Goes To Jail, professional family counselors Rebecca Yaffe and Lonnie Hoade have successfully
collaborated to provide an invaluable resource to children ages 5 to 14 with an incarcerated parent cope with the resulting
psychological and behavioral traumas including the physical, emotional, and social stigmas, as well as feelings of guilt,
anger, fear, and shame -- thereby guiding them in maker wiser life choices than their parents did. Unique and very highly
recommended for use by parents and counselors, When A Parent Goes To Jail is a comprehensive and informative
approach to prevention when dealing with the symptoms of children under the stress of parental incarceration.