At the onset of our organization, we focused our efforts on facilitating parent-child contact and providing local support to children currently separated from their incarcerated parents in the Greater Toronto Area. However, over the years and by listening to the voices and needs of our children, youth, and families, we have expanded the breadth of our support and those we serve.
We acknowledge that multiple family members can play a parental role in a child’s life and all phases of the justice system often result in stress, challenges, and trauma for children and their families. Thus, to date, we are committed to providing tailored support and programming for children, youth, and families who have experienced familial involvement in the justice system from arrest to reintegration, across Canada.
After being separated for 24 years, the father-daughter duo Jessica and Derek Reid came together and with the support of compassionate members of our community and tireless efforts, built the organization from the ground up. Kids with Incarcerated Parents (KIP) Canada, formerly known as Fostering, Empowering, and Advocating Together (FEAT) for Children was founded in 2011 to support the under-served needs of children affected by parental incarceration.