ERIC Number: ED399038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Reference Count: N/A
They Won't Take No for an Answer: The Relais Enfants-Parents. Early Childhood Development: Practice and Reflections Number 11.
The Bernard van Leer Foundation initiated a program in France entitled Relais Enfants-Parents to bring the children of prisoners to the forefront of social, political and judicial policy. The Relais Enfants-Parents program works to safeguard the psychological and emotional development of children by serving as a link between them and their imprisoned parents. The program tries to preserve, and often to recreate, the bond between the children and their parents which separation often weakens. This book shows how Relais Enfants-Parents came into existence with initial resistance from the penal system and doubt from imprisoned parents. The book presents the rationale behind the creation of the program and describes a pilot program that evolved since 1972. Strategies are presented that are used to strengthen parent-child relationships, fortify parent roles, and help children overcome the stressful experience of a first visit to an imprisoned parent. The significance of volunteers, their training, roles, and contributions to helping these children to become a part of the society is discussed. Contains references after each chapter. (MOK)
Descriptors: Child Development, Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Competence, Mental Health, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role, Prisoners, Volunteers, Well Being
Bernard van Leer Foundation, P.O. Box 82334, 2508 EH, The Hague, Netherlands (Single copies free of charge).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).
Identifiers - Location: France