A Book From Mom
“A Book From Mom” began in 2004 in an effort to enhance the bond between incarcerated mothers and their children, to provide the children with tangible evidence that Mom is thinking of them, and to improve literacy in both mother and child.
The program provides books to children whose mothers are incarcerated. Mothers choose a book before their children’s visit so that they can read it together. At the end of their visit, children take the books home and they can say, “My Mom gave this book to me.” The program provides mothers with something to give.
“A Book from Mom” has been very successful; to date, over 20,000 brand-new books have been placed on prison shelves in Massachusetts. The program has now been approved by the Arizona Women’s Correctional Center.
The prison facility in Perryville, Arizona has close to 3,500 immmates, and records show an average of 1,000 children’s visits per month.
This means that large amounts of books are needed on an ongoing basis! “A Book From Mom” places brand-new and like-new books on prison shelves, to provide the mothers with a gift to give their children. Some generous donations have already been made to the program; the first shipment of books arrived at Perryville in December 2011.
You Can Help!
Want to find out more, including how and where to make a book donation?
Please contact Carlou Stubbs at email@example.com.
Children of Incarcerated Parents
A BILL OF RIGHTS
1. I have the right to be kept safe and informed at the time of my parent’s arrest.
2. I have the right to be heard when decisions are made about me.
3. I have the right to be considered when decisions are made about my parent.
4. I have the right to be well cared for in my parent’s absence.
5. I have the right to speak with, see and touch my parent.
6. I have the right to support as I struggle with my parent’s incarceration.
7. I have the right not to be judge, blamed or labelled becasuse of my parent’s incarceration.
8. I have the right to a lifelong relationship with my parent.
Source: San Francisco Partnership for Incarcerated Parents