Through no fault of their own, Zack and Mikey may never have a full nurturing relationship with their father.
When Zack was born he didn’t experience the love of a father until eight days later. His father was absent from Zack’s birth, and now his home. Zack’s 2-year-old brother Mikey is always asking his father to come home – he doesn’t understand why he can’t. Their Dad is in prison.
Zack and Mikey are left to face growing up in this world without him. Without support, they will come to view this as abandonment.
Could you give £10 to help us support children like Zack and Mikey to have a meaningful relationship with their Dad?
Most children like Zack and Mikey become another statistic. There are an estimated 200,000 children in England and Wales* serving a hidden sentence for their father’s actions. Children affected by the imprisonment of a parent are more likely to experience emotional and behavioural issues, bullying, and drop out of school. They are also more likely to end up in prison: 37% of prisoners* have experienced parental imprisonment themselves.
We cannot abandon children like Zack and Mikey. We truly believe that there is still a chance to restore relationships between children and their fathers. Children are not statistics.
Your gift of £25 could help deliver child friendly spaces, such as our Family Days, where Zack and Mikey can bond with their Dad.
Our challenge is not to forget about those who we see as being ‘beyond help’ – but to reach out and offer them much needed support. Our work can change their lives today, and give them hope for the future.
Prisoners who are supported to maintain family relationships are much less likely to reoffend.** With your help, we can also provide support for the whole family - giving advice and guidance to families struggling to cope with an absent parent, and reuniting them on release.
You can restore families this Easter by giving a gift that can not only reunites families, but motivates fathers to change their lives for the sake of their children.
* Prisoners’ Childhood and Family Backgrounds Report, Ministry of Justice (2012)
** The Importance of Strengthening Prisoners’ Family Ties to Prevent Reoffending and Reduce Intergenerational Crime Report, Ministry of Justice (2017)