Currently, children are only allowed to see their parent in prison 3 times a year, and it is behind a glass wall. We would like to see changes that allow the child to see the parent as often as he/she would like.
Studies in the US have found that children who continue to stay in touch with their parent in prison exhibit fewer disruptive and anxious behaviors. There is also evidence that it helps the parents as well by lowering recidivism rates and making reunification easier and more likely once the parent is released from prison. (La Vigne) But children without a regular connection to their parent(s) become high risk children and teens to many areas of vulnerability in society (eg. runaways, sex trafficking, etc.)
We want to help keep these children connected to their parents as much as possible as we consider what is best for the child, their development and the family.
A simple way you can help us make this happen is by filling out a petition form with your basic info. Could you ask your co-workers and friends to also sign this?
* PLEASE NOTE: in order for your vote to count, you MUST check "Yes" in the both the "Emails" and "Personal Information" boxes at the end. Your information will NOT be sold to another party or used for SPAM.
You can download a petition sheet below:
온라인 서명 사이트 http://goo.gl/forms/430lOcDAIvoqeXwV2
Once your forms is filled out, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide you with an address to mail the petition forms. Thank you so much for your help!
Here are some helpful links with info on children and parents in prison:
For those who are interested in being a part of HOPE Be Restored, we will begin a prayer and study group, going through Pastor Eddie's Book Justice Awakening. The first meeting will be August 14. Please register by contacting Jeena at email@example.com. If you need purchase a book, the cost will be KRW 10,000.
"Not my crime, still my sentence." We are excited to announce the launch of a new ministry branch of Hope Be Restored called Invisible Chains. This is a ministry aimed at serving the children of prisoners in South Korea. Currently there are over 50,000 children who's parent(s) are in jail. While there have been ministries reaching out to prisoners, until now, there has been nothing for their children. So from today, HBR and Crossway Mission Church will begin serving these vulnerable groups of Korea.
How can you help?
1. Mentor (Big Brother/Big Sister): We are looking for men and women to serve at mentors (or big brothers and big sisters) to these children. To meet with them for an hour to two each month, for several years, sharing life together and sharing the love of Jesus.
2. Petition: Sign our petition, asking the Korean government to allow more access for the children to see and spend time with their parent(s) in prison. Currently, they are only allowed to see their parent 3 times a year. This petition is seeking a law change, allowing the child to see their parent as often as they wish.
3. Sew: If you enjoy sewing or are willing to learn, sewing is a simple way to serve them. There are stuffed animals (teddy bears) that need your help to be sewn so that we can give them to these children as gifts at various family camps.
4. Key Chains: You can also purchase a key chain for KRW 5,000 that will go towards this ministry.
5. Volunteer: There are one-day family camps held each month in different parts of Korea where children and their parents can spend time together and deepen their relationship. If you can make yourself available at these camps to be a staff member to serve, that would also be greatly appreciated.
6. Give: Financial donations are also always welcome. Please email us letting us know that you'd like your donation to be give for the Invisible Chains ministry.
7. Pray: Please pray for these children who carry with them a great deal of pain and heartache. Many of them, if they are unable to find a positive role model and a place of healing, become very vulnerable to some dangerous paths in Korea.
If you'd like to help in any of these ways or have other questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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