I started this online store to sell my children's book "Missing Daddy" illustrated by bria royal. I have since expanded the online store to include posters, postcards, stickers and buttons benefitting various causes.
I wrote Missing Daddy out of frustration. In my anti-prison work, I’ve witnessed firsthand the ravages of incarceration and its impact(s) on our communities. Over the years, I’ve often been asked by caregivers, educators and organizers for resources to help children with an incarcerated loved one to cope with loss, grief and trauma. I’ve struggled to come up with good resources to share so I decided to create one myself.
There are 2.7 million children under 18 who have an incarcerated parent and over 5 million have experienced the incarceration of a parent at some point in their lives. In other words, 1 in 28 American children (3.6%) have an incarcerated parent. Thirty years ago, the number was 1 in 125. About 1 in 9 Black children and 1 in 28 Latino children have an incarcerated parent. More than 14,000 children of incarcerated parents enter foster care each year.
These numbers are staggering. As a result of the epidemic of incarceration, millions of children have endured traumatic separations from their parents. This has impacted their material conditions, their mental health, their school performance and their overall well-being.
Each of these children has a story to tell. Yet we rarely hear their voices in public. Many children cannot articulate their feelings of longing for their incarcerated parent and so they keep their anger, sadness and fear bottled up. This book is my attempt to amplify the voices of children with incarcerated loved ones.
This book is dedicated to all of the children who miss their loved ones because of a cruel punishment system that does little to make our communities safer. - MK