We are a young new nonprofit organization headquartered in California.  Although we are off to a great start with our initial Children Left Behind program and books, we have a long way to go.  We have more books and materials to create and produce, more programs to set in motion, marketing and advertising to implement and scholarship programs to set up.  Won’t you join us in our effort by helping with your donation today?  Thank you.

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Children Left Behind

Family Bridge Network, through our first program, “Children Left Behind,” has commissioned the writing of several books for children with a parent in prison to help raise awareness and to help children of prisoners know they are not alone; that their situation can and does happen to many other children, and that they can still care about their parent in prison and keep in contact with them. We hope you will enjoy the stories and take a moment to think of those children with a mom or dad in prison. In 2009, there were over 2.4 million people incarcerated in the United States, leaving behind their children, partners and parents to cope with the aftermath of their incarceration. This meant that over 2 million children lost a mom or dad, in circumstances they had no control over and many may not have been told the truth about where their parent had gone. In total, over 10 million children in the U.S. have experienced the incarceration of their parent during their time in school. For some of these children, having a prisoner in the family may almost be considered “normal” within the community. For others, it will be a traumatic experience, well outside the norm, yet all of them, along with their families, face issues of trust, stigma and possible isolation. The impact of incarceration of a parent on children can be extremely damaging and many experience some of the following changes: becoming withdrawn or secretive; displaying anger or defiance (especially against authority figures such as teachers); attention-seeking or self- destructive behavior; poor educational performance; and significant mental health problems. We also know that many children do not want to tell their friends or teachers what has happened in case they are treated differently, bullied or teased. Some parents decide to “protect” their children from the truth and make up stories about where their dad, or mom has gone. In general, though, children want to be told the truth—only then can they understand what has happened.
© 2016 Family Bridge Network
The pain of losing a loved one to prison, rehab, death, foster care, or deployment  creates additional hardship in the lives of children, partners and parents. Our goal is to help those who need to transition to a life without that family member being physically present.
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We are very excited about the launch of our first program, Children Left Behind.  In addition to helping children face the incarceration of a parent, other programs we have in the works include helping children cope with the death of a parent or loved one and the feelings that a child experiences when a parent is deployed overseas. Children are not the only ones who need to cope with their feelings and emotions during those times.  Partners, parents and other adults also face a difficult time, left alone suddenly while being required to take over the running of a household and the care of children without the presence and help of their partner. One sector that is often “left behind” and easily forgotten by friends and family are those who are sent off to prison.  Although it is easy to assume that they “got what they deserved,” the truth is that we are a “prison happy” country, sending people to prison more readily than almost any other developed nation. The United States has the largest prison population of any developed country in the world, and it has the largest total prison population of any nation.  The U.S. is home to only 5% of the world's entire population, yet it also houses 25% of the world's entire prison population.  Every year, over 200,000 people are sent to prison. It has been estimated that this number includes as many as 10,000 innocent people as well.  Often, those on the outside entirely cut off all contact with prisoners, some of them minors or in their late teens or early twenties, many of them first-time offenders, not long-term repeat offenders - people like you and me who made a mistake or in some cases are convicted despite being innocent.  Many of these people face sentences of 15, 20, 30 or more years.  We are developing a program to reach out to these individuals because they also experience the severe loss, not only of their freedom but of contact with their families, children, partners and parents.
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Children Left Behind

Family Bridge Network, through our first program, “Children Left Behind,” has commissioned the writing of several books for children with a parent in prison to help raise awareness and to help children of prisoners know they are not alone; that their situation can and does happen to many other children, and that they can still care about their parent in prison and keep in contact with them. We hope you will enjoy the stories and take a moment to think of those children with a mom or dad in prison. In 2009, there were over 2.4 million people incarcerated in the United States, leaving behind their children, partners and parents to cope with the aftermath of their incarceration. This meant that over 2 million children lost a mom or dad, in circumstances they had no control over and many may not have been told the truth about where their parent had gone. In total, over 10 million children in the U.S. have experienced the incarceration of their parent during their time in school. For some of these children, having a prisoner in the family may almost be considered “normal” within the community. For others, it will be a traumatic experience, well outside the norm, yet all of them, along with their families, face issues of trust, stigma and possible isolation. The impact of incarceration of a parent on children can be extremely damaging and many experience some of the following changes: becoming withdrawn or secretive; displaying anger or defiance (especially against authority figures such as teachers); attention- seeking or self-destructive behavior; poor educational performance; and significant mental health problems. We also know that many children do not want to tell their friends or teachers what has happened in case they are treated differently, bullied or teased. Some parents decide to “protect” their children from the truth and make up stories about where their dad, or mom has gone. In general, though, children want to be told the truth—only then can they understand what has happened.
© 2016 Family Bridge Network
The pain of losing a loved one to prison, rehab, death, foster care, or deployment  creates additional hardship in the lives of children, partners and parents. Our goal is to help those who need to transition to a life without that family member being physically present.
A nonprofit organization
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Lend a Hand

Change a Life

Other Programs

We are very excited about the launch of our first program, Children Left Behind.  In addition to helping children face the imprisonment of a parent, other programs we have in the works include helping children cope with the death of a parent or loved one and the feelings that a child experiences when a parent is deployed overseas. Children are not the only ones who need to cope with their feelings and emotions during those times.  Partners, parents and other adults also face a difficult time, left alone suddenly while being required to take over the running of a household and the care of children without the presence and help of their partner. One sector that is often “left behind” and easily forgotten by friends and family are those who are sent off to prison. Although it is easy to assume that they “got what they deserved,” the truth is that we are a “prison happy” country, sending people to prison more readily than almost any other developed nation. The United States has the largest prison population of any developed country in the world, and it has the largest total prison population of any nation.  The U.S. is home to only 5% of the world's entire population, yet it also houses 25% of the world's entire prison population.  Every year, over 200,000 people are sent to prison. It has been estimated that this number includes as many as 10,000 innocent people as well.  Often, those on the outside entirely cut off all contact with prisoners, some of them minors or in their late teens or early twenties, many of them first-time offenders, not long-term repeat offenders - people like you and me who made a mistake or in some cases are convicted despite being innocent.  Many of these people face sentences of 15, 20, 30 or more years.  We are developing a program to reach out to these individuals because they also experience the severe loss, not only of their freedom but of contact with their families, children, partners and parents.
We are a young nonprofit organization headquartered in California.  Although we are off to a great start with our initial Children Left Behind program and books, we have a long way to go.  We have more books and materials to create and produce, more programs to set in motion, marketing and advertising to implement and scholarship programs to set up.  Won’t you join us in our effort by helping with your donation today?  Thank you.