KIP AWARENESS WEEK
KIP Awareness Week is a week dedicated to raising the awareness of kids with incarcerated parents worldwide, the ripple effects of parental incarceration, and the need to support the innocent children left behind. In Canada, it is estimated that over 375 000 children are affected by parental incarceration. Comparatively, in the US, 1 in 14 children have a parent in jail by 18 years old.
Despite this prevalence, our children remain invisible and are under-served globally. KIP Awareness Week begins on June 10th as, on average, children who experience parental incarceration also endure 6 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and the majority of our children are separated from their parents before their 10th birthday. However, many of our children globally do not have access to the specialized support they need and deserve to help them heal from the current and intergenerational trauma they have experienced. Not surprisingly, without support, our children are more vulnerable to several adverse outcomes from dropping out of school to developing psychological disorders and becoming a teenage parent.
However, the current reality does not have to be our future. With the help of our incredible team at KIP Canada and the compassionate members of our community, we can take steps to break the stigma, reduce the isolation and mitigate the effects by raising awareness, improving access to support, and showing kindness for kids with incarcerated parents around the world.