Young Incarcerated Mothers and Their Children
The residential parenting program at the correction facility does not increase the risk to the infants’ cognitive, emotional and social development. This is because the range of perception of the infants is limited to the mother, and they are not aware of this being a correctional facility.
The parenting program at the prison ensures that the infants are cared for by their mothers. It gives the mothers the opportunity to feed and bond with the children, which adequately protects the infants from traumas in early life (PBS, 2009). The breastmilk of the mothers is loaded with nutrients needed the most by the infants, and they get to know their parents and develop attachment and a sense of identity as a result. This contributes positively to the cognitive, emotional and social development of the infant and also reduces the chances of the child developing deviant behaviors in later years.
This program does not increase the risk to the mothers’ cognitive, emotional and social development. It gives these mothers a sense of responsibility towards their children, themselves and the community at large.
The program protects the mothers from risks to their cognitive, emotional and social development. This is made possible by the apprenticeship that they are given in addition to GED education (PBS, 2009). The responsibility of caring for the child causes the mothers to become better focused on how they will make an honest living in the future to avoid getting incarcerated again.
The development history of most of the mothers contributed to their deviant behavior leading to them getting imprisoned. This is then transferred to their children if they get denied contact with the mother at an early age. This program tries to break that chain of intergenerational incarceration.
PBS. (2009). Purdy. Retrieved from https://vimeo.com/56187131