As part of the Osborne Association’s “See Us, Support Us” initiative to increase visibility and supports for children of incarcerated parents, Next100 policy entrepreneur Isabel Coronado shares the story of the time her mother was arrested when she was a child. As she writes, the traumatic experience instilled in her a passion to improve policies for children of incarcerated parents—work she is doing at Next100.
“It wasn’t until I was 19 years old that I became conscious of this traumatic experience. The trauma I experienced somehow felt imaginary. How could this happen to any child? Why is the arrest experience so harsh that a child has to believe it was imaginary sometimes in order to get through it and its aftermath.”