what we are
My Story and Me is a resource for parents and caregivers who take care of children affected by parental incarceration. Somewhere between 1.5 and 5 million children are affected by parental incarceration.
Our research is conducted to inform our stories, activity sheets, discussion starters, Frequently Asked Questions. Check back with us often. While we are currently in the research stage, we will post information and resources as soon as they are available. Some items to look forward to are: Stories on incarceration, a resource list for family intervention, and eBooks with voiceovers.
The purpose of our qualitative study was to understand parent and caregivers’ communication practices about parental incarceration and to determine how if at all, they perceived the use of a select storybook to help children deal with the absence of an incarcerated parent.
As an outgrowth of this research we developed communication tools for caregivers/parents to use when discussing parental incarceration with children who have an absent parent in jail or in prison.