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handling a parent going to jail
April 12, 2001
9:54 am
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megel
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I have a child in my class whose father is going to go to jail for a year. The dad is a good person who just got mixed up with the wrong people. He is divorced from the mom and does not know what to do, How to tell his 10 yea old child he has let her down again. I want to help him, but do not know what to advise. Any suggestions?

April 12, 2001
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Molly
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The child is old enough to understand the truth. The child should not be lied to,will the mother regain custody, or end up in foster care? Its a sad situation, counseling will be necessary, and depending on the family it could be a norm, or the child might have issues of shame to realize is not his or hers to own. The child can keep in communication through writing, but I do not support visitation, due to the environment, and comfort with environment. Its a hard one, will the child be able to remain in your class for some sort of stability? Many of the children that I have interacted with, whos parents were enrolled with my clinic, have delt with it, like just another day, but the anger usually gets acted out and due to the enviornment, ends up just like mom and dad, or uncle... Like I said the norm... You can only do so much, and be careful, with your heart, your influence, your values.

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