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Incarcerated fathers spend time with children for holidays

Posted December 10, 2016
Updated December 11, 2016

— At Central Prison in Raleigh, incarcerated fathers spent time with their children on Saturday through Proverbs 22:6, an organization that promotes healthy relationship for children of inmates.

“What is important for these kids to do while in school is to help them break the cycle by reconciling and reconstructing their relationship with their fathers,” founder Cyril Prabhu said.

“Your daddies have made mistakes, but they’ve also had victories,” he said to the group.

The organized events give incarcerated Fathers a chance to take part in family building games and activities and for children to spend time with their fathers.

Prabhu said these moments help children mend their relationships and have positive experiences with their parent.

“Somebody offered this rope to me, so it’s my payback time to pay it forward, to some other kid who is going through the same struggle how I grew up without a father,” he said. “Start children off on the way they should go and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.”

Prabhu runs this program in four states, including four prisons in North Carolina. The program also provides college tuition for children of incarcerated inmates.

He said these visits are the first step in a process designed to keep children of inmates out of prison.

“There’s dignity in relationships that’s being restores in this room, and the happiness index in this room is not measureable.”


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