What It's Like to Visit Your Mom in Prison on Mother's Day

Three percent of kids in the US have parents in prison.

| Sat May 10, 2014 1:41 PM EDT
A child visits his mother for Mother's Day at a prison in Folsom, California.

My foster sister is in prison. Her four children see her briefly once a month, as part of a 368-mile round-trip that takes up their entire Saturday. (Before she was transferred last month, the trip measured 404 miles). She has missed so many milestones and special events in her children's lives: first days of kindergarten, Christmases, birthdays, Halloweens, first school dances. More than three percent of American children have a parent behind bars; so many that even Sesame Street thought to address the issue in a heartbreaking video and a recent initiative. With Mother's Day upon us, I have to wonder: As kids grow up, what's it like when the person they love most is locked away?
 

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All images courtesy of the Noun Project. Distance: Tommy Lau, Money: Nicola Vendramin, Calendar: James Keuning, Prison: Saman Bemel-Benrud.