The word “mom” may only have three letters (two if you want to get really technical), but boy does it pack a punch. Moms are strong and steadfast. They’re resilient in the messiness and beautiful in the brokenness. They are our rocks, our shoulders to cry on, our first and closest friends.
A mom is someone you can count on to be there.
But for over 10 million children in the United States who have experienced the incarceration of a parent in their lifetime, mom isn’t always there.
A Shared Sentence
Presently, over 2.7 million children in the U.S. are separated from at least one parent who is serving jail time. The incarceration of a parent can be just as harmful to a child’s well-being as abuse or domestic violence. Thankfully, there are organizations out there who are committed to supporting those left behind.
We Got Us Now, is a movement built by, led by, and about children and young adults impacted by parental incarceration. This Mother’s Day, they teamed up with actress Taylor Schilling from Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” to share powerful love letters written by moms and for moms behind bars.