Rescuing Children

Millions of children around the world have lost one or both parents to imprisonment. Some live in dire circumstances—hungry, frightened, and alone. Many are forced to beg for food or work from dawn to dusk just to survive.

They are the least of these, the ones Jesus tells us to care for. That’s why Prison Fellowship International created a unique sponsorship program for children of prisoners, who often fall between the cracks of what other child-focused programs provide. These children have specific needs:
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  • 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.

No other organization has tackled the needs of children of prisoners on such a large scale. Prison Fellowship International seeks to ensure these children receive four essential supports:


Spiritual Care. Children receive guidance, anchored in God’s Word, from a Christian caseworker and local church volunteers to help heal emotional and spiritual wounds caused by rejection and loss, and to help build their confidence.


Safety. Our local caseworkers visit children to ensure their urgent needs are being met, including the need for safety and protection.



Education. We encourage school attendance and provide assistance with school uniforms and supplies, so children can develop the skills they need for a brighter future.



Good Health. We make sure children have enough nutritious food to eat and they receive essential medical care.

By showing children someone cares, we give them hope for a brighter future. We help restore their trust in people—and in a heavenly Father who loves them.

Join us to care for the children of prisoners.

Read stories about children we’ve helped through our sponsorship program.