Operation Open Arms is giving new hope to children of incarcerated parents in need of good foster homes. Stable home-life is something that’s take fro granted when it comes to a prison kid with one or more incarcerated parent.
Such efforts help fight the school-to-prison pipeline in US, while nurturing healthy, strong youth.
They understand the problems children face when their parents go to prisons. Many children end up in prisons themselves since their parents were not there for them.
This has encouraged Operation Open Arms to rise up to help children of incarcerated parents to make life easier for them.
Based out of Louisville, Operation Open Arms is a non-profit established by Cathy and Irv Bailey in 2001. The state of Louisville approved it as a foster and adoption agency in 2003. Over this 16-year period, the agency has helped 40 children find homes for new starts in life.
Operation Open Arms Reveals About 75% Incarcerated Women Are Mothers
This agency operates by placing children of incarcerated parents in temporary or permanent foster homes. The mission work has helped prison kids develop in safe and conducive environments with little sense of loss for their imprisoned parents… so-to-speak. Cathy Bailey said:
“Operation Open Arms is all about the kids.
Our doors are open because we wanted to dedicate our time in establishing a loving, caring environment to raise children whose mothers are incarcerated. People don’t really think about what happens to children whose parents are in prison.”
The agency reveals that up to 75% of incarcerated women have left prison kids behind at home. Median age for children whose parents are shut up is eight years old, with a significant percentage of them under the age of five.
This exposes children of locked up parents to untold hardships and terrible growing experiences that fuels the school-to-prison pipeline phenomenon.
Video: What Separates Operation Open Arms from Traditional Foster Care?
You have got to watch this video. These stats are more than alarming. They are overwhelming! There are HOW MANY children in America with one or more parent locked up in jails and prison???
Operation Open Arms Makes It Possible For Children to Become Responsible Citizens
Bailey went on to add that Operation Open Arms considers it an opportunity for care for these children. She said her agency is delighted to assist these kids into growing into responsible adults and national citizens:
“What’s special about Operation Open Arms is that we’re giving children the opportunity to lead a normal life, ride the bus to school in the neighborhood where they live, have meals as a family and be provided with a moral structure to guide them in making the right choices later on in life.”