The Importance of Coming Out of Hiding


The pain we feel as parents when our children are going through tough times is not easily explained. The human bond we have with our child is something that can never be broken, even when our child is not with us. Parent’s with an incarcerated child, experience so many issues from visitation, to money on books, to emotional sadness, grief, depression, shame, guilt, and so much more. It can leave us feeling all alone and in despair. It is important to talk to someone who fully understands the grief and struggle that we battle daily.

This is primarily why I created Parents With Incarcerated Children– to be that place where you won’t be alone in your struggle and you can learn, share resources, talk about how you feel, and the things that you experience with those that have been or are going through the same thing as you.

There are many support groups available that one can go to for issues that they are dealing with in life. These groups unite struggling souls and provide them the strength to overcome any negative feelings and aid in their quest to fight the urge to overcome damaging behaviors.

Human interaction is critical during turbulent times. The need for human interaction is a strong impulse and can empower us with the strength we need to overcome. For many, this strength can’t come from ourselves alone. Parents With Incarcerated Children is helping to accomplish this by providing a place where parents with children incarcerated can go to find the support they need and gather the strength they need to continue their daily lives while avoiding the pitfalls that can occur when these feelings and issues are left to flourish without attention.

Please share below the negative feeling that is hindering you the most so I can provide you with some specific strategies that can help…


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    Daniel Brown says

    Hello I’m sitting on my front porch watching the rain in the mountains and grieving for my 22 year old son we just received a 10-year prison sentence July 28th 2017. I don’t know what to do with myself I’ve considered becoming a drug addict I’ve considered just getting incarcerated she’s a thousand miles away and going to the Florida State Penitentiary. He was a gang banger and he rebelled against me I think that was his motivation 280 had towards me I’m sure I’m no different than anyone else I’m grieving at a loss for what to do I don’t have any support as I have become reclusive over the last 10 years

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      Monalisa Johnson says

      Dear Daniel,

      We are terribly sorry that you are having to go thru this. The worse thing you can do for your son is to give up on your own life by becoming a drug addict. Take that budget and invest it into your mental therapy or coaching with our Founder Monalisa Johnson. One on one chats can be so much better than group sessions. Go to the facebook Parents with Incarcerated Children and watch her videos to help you get over the pain, grief and guilt associated with your sons incarceration. Next, download her FREE ebook at to help you to get thru these difficult times.

      We understand more than you know. But please don’t give up. Don’t feel alone. We are here with you.

      ~ Parents with Incarcerated Children

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    Gaylisa Carr says

    I really don’t know where to begin but just let me say that I admire what you are doing and your life is a mirror reflection of what I have been through with a few differences. Let me start by saying that I am a formerly incarcerated woman who spent thirteen years, eight months and a couple of days ( 1990-2003) locked up in Ohio for involuntary manslaughter. At the time of my conviction my son was three years old so you can probably relate to the emotional roller coaster that my life has been on since that time. I fortunately had a mother who loved me unconditionally and took care of my son to the best of her ability but she wasn’t me… Fast forward to 2003 when I was released and my son was seventeen and he didn’t know me, I didn’t know him but most importantly I had just begun to learn who I was so this combination was bound for destruction. Within a year my son was incarcerated and sentenced to five years then released only to go back within a year and is now doing twenty years in Indiana. I know that is a mouthful I have so much more to share with you and your organization and my hope is that I will be contacted to further explain the things that I am doing today to help people deal with mass incarceration and the life changing events that it causes for people.
    Gaylisa Carr

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