Makeba: Getting reacquainted with a parent

Russian sailor Vitaly Bondarenko, right, hugs his children as his wife Marina Ordynskaia looks on, after being released by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, in Providence, R.I.

This week’s column focuses on the issue of reunification. Getting reacquainted with a parent can be daunting at any age. Add the pressure and stigma of a reunion post incarceration, and the effects can be overwhelming and particularly stressful. These tips can hopefully start someone facing this situation on the path to a healthy relationship.

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If you are a child of someone who is incarcerated and you have a question for me, you have three options:

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I also welcome questions from others who might simply be interested in knowing more about how the life of children is affected when a parent is incarcerated.

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About Sandeep Junnarkar

Sandeep Junnarkar is the founder and editorial director of Family Lives Behind Bars.