More than 14 million children around the world have lost one or both parents to prison. One million live in poverty in hard-to-reach communities, and are in danger of slavery, sex-trafficking, and violence. No child should have to live this way. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to rescue, restore, and rebuild the lives of these innocent children. And you can help.
RESCUE A CHILD OF A PRISONER
Children of prisoners are the least of these, the ones Jesus tells us to care for. They want what so many of us take for granted: regular meals, a warm bed, a dry roof over their head. They need someone—like you—to help lift them out of despair, and develop a meaningful relationship that lets them know God cares—and so do you.
That’s why we created a unique sponsorship program for children of prisoners, who often fall between the cracks of what other child-focused programs provide. With 40 years of experience working with these children, we know they thrive when they receive consistent acceptance, love, and practical care, and when their needs—in these specific areas—are met:
- Assurance of safety. With at least one parent in prison, the remaining parent’s (or family member’s) ability to provide care and protection is stretched thin. Children risk being trafficked into the sex trade or drawn into gang life and violence on the streets.
- Extra support to combat social stigma. Children of prisoners are rejected by their peers simply because they have a parent in prison. That has a profound effect on their emotional and psychological well-being.
- Special assistance to maintain a relationship with the incarcerated parent. In the developing world, it is difficult and costly to visit someone in a distant prison. But children need their parents. If the relationship is ruptured, they suffer.
OUR RESCUE PLAN
No other organization has tackled the needs of children of prisoners on such a large scale. With your support, we pair each child in our program with a dedicated caseworker, and seek to ensure each they receive four essential supports:
Spiritual Care. We help children build positive, meaningful relationships with family, friends, God, and self by connecting them with a Christian caseworker and local church volunteers to help heal emotional and spiritual wounds caused by rejection and loss.
Safety. Our local caseworkers visit children to ensure their urgent needs are being met, including their need for safety and protection, so they can enjoy being children in a caregiving environment.
Education. We encourage school attendance and provide assistance with school uniforms, fees, and supplies, so children can develop the skills they need for a brighter future.
Health. We help provide each child and their family with nutritious food, regular health check-ups, and urgent medical care so they can grow strong and healthy.
WHAT SPONSORS ARE SAYING
This is an incredible work far beyond my imagination. I have seen your hearts—what you do every day is almost indescribable. I have a whole different respect for what [you] do on a daily basis.
—Debbie Sewell, child sponsor
[When] Prison Fellowship International came to our church, our hearts exploded! We knew we had to sponsor a child in the same way we knew we had to breathe. We just got our first letter from our sponsored child and we are so blessed. What an incredible gift.
—Colleen Kenny, child sponsor
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
When you give through child sponsorship, more than 75% of the funds donated to sponsor a child are used to directly support the children. By caring for a child of a prisoner, you give them hope for a brighter future, and help restore their trust in people—and in a heavenly Father who loves them.