Some talk about change
We Create The Change
Photo Patch Foundation endeavors to demystify what children of incarcerated parents face and need, as there is often a disconnect between what people suspect and reality.
Our mission is to empower these children with resources, tools, opportunities that all kids should have access to.
Do the right thing, at the right time
How Photo Patch was born
Jay Jay Patton was just 3 years old when her father, Antoine Patton, went to prison for 8 years.
Whereas most kids suffer from shame, hurt, loneliness and guilt, Jay Jay was wise beyond her years and knew she had to be the strength and motivation for her father.
The communication she shared with her father made them want to provide the same and even more for kids who are dealing with parental incarceration.
Our Mobile App, built by Jay Jay at the age of 12, is the only mobile application with a high focus on helping kids send photos and letters to parents in prison…for FREE!
The children we seek to help would like to send pictures and letters to their parent(s), but are deterred by the tedious process of sending snail mail.
Many Children who have incarcerated parents have not spoken, seen or in anyway communicated with their parents in weeks, months and sometimes years.
Every month, we ask children to upload letters and pictures that they would like to send to their parents.
Many children don’t know what to say to their incarcerated parent, but photos say a thousand words.
Photo Patch prints, packages, ships the mail on their behalf for free.
We diminish barriers
Over 2.7 million children are currently torn apart from their incarcerated parent(s).
Even worst, studies have shown that children with parents in prison are more likely to have behavioral issues and possibly go to prison.
Photo Patch will not sit back and wait for that to play out.
We intentionally help you build pathways to a bright future.
Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights
This Bill of Rights was created by the SFCIPP in 2000.
These rights are so important that Photo Patch Foundation was created to focus on rights 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
I have the right to be kept safe and informed at the time of my parent’s arrest.
I have the right to be heard when decisions are made about me.
I have the right to be considered when decisions are made about my parent.
I have the right to be well cared for in my parent’s absence.
I have a right to speak with, see and touch my parent.
I have a right to support as I struggle with my parent’s incarceration.
I have a right to not be judged, blamed or labeled because of my parent’s incarceration.
I have a right to a lifelong relationship with my parent.