To foster the parent-child relationship, PWP provides volunteers to drive children to visit their incarcerated parent. Most children who have a parent in prison never get the opportunity to spend time with that parent. Many families don’t have reliable transportation or are unable to make the trip due to work schedules or finances. Through these visits, the inmate parents have the opportunity to build and maintain healthy relationships with their children. Statistics show building strong family relationships while incarcerated greatly reduces the risk of incarceration.

More than half of all incarcerated parents never receive personal visits from their children.

Imagine being a child separated from your parent, unable to see them, sometimes for many years.


  • Break the cycle of crime within families
  • Re-establish, strengthen and maintain the emotional connection between parent and child.
  • Increase positive parental involvement in their children’s education, behavior and well-being at home, in school and in the community
  • Reduce the rate of recidivism
  • Decrease the chances of self-destructive behavior
  • Improve relationships between youth, parent and caregiver
  • Improve school attendance and academic achievement
  • Improve behavior in the home, school and community

Making a Difference

…in the lives of children of prisoners

  • 94 % have shown notable academic improvement.
  • 96 % of the children and teens stay in school.
  • 96 % have demonstrated good behavior in school.
  • 96 % of kids mentored by Parenting With Purpose remain crime-free.
  • 100% of the children and teens are able to remain in contact with their incarcerated or released parent.

… in the lives of incarcerated parents

  • 81% of the parenting program graduates are more involved in their children’s school while incarcerated.
  • 86 % of the released parents remain crime-free.
  • 85 % of the incarcerated parents served rated themselves higher in their parenting skills after they completed the parenting classes.
  • 91 % of the families involved in the mentoring program showed improvement in their family relationships.
  • 100 % of the parents released acquired a job or schooling.
  • 100 % of the released parents acquired safe housing.