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Join us in SUPPORTING CHILDREN of Incarcerated Parents. Lives are greatly impacted and often forgotten due to stigmas. A family’s accessibility to community resources may make a difference between a child or adolescent's personal struggle, and their stability. Incarceration affects everyone.
STOP Stigmas. CREATE Change. LOVE Forward.™
The Love Forward Project is a movement, started in 2016, by children of incarcerated parents, for children of incarcerated parents.
In 2017, the state of Virginia, along with the IRS, recognized the NONPROFIT formation, and 501(c)(3) classification of our PUBLIC CHARITY:
THE LOVE FORWARD FOUNDATION
Our Mission is to use shared experiences, resources, and support, to assist families, to the best of our ability, with the early detection and prevention of the stigmas and trauma that affect children and adolescents of incarcerated parents.
Our Goal is to introduce these children to an outlet for self-expression, creativity, but most importantly, healing, through the use of written communication, as well as raise awareness for child and adolescent traumatic stress due to parental incarceration.
Our Objective is to develop a viable organization that represents all members of society, commits to the improvement of community relations, and does so in a manner that minimizes our carbon footprint.
We spent our first year introducing families to our "Power of Penmanship" campaign, encouraging children to "unplug" from technology, and take the time out to communicate with their incarcerated parent through writing. Backed by dedication and action, we provided children FREE care packages, containing enough material to write at least once a month to their incarcerated mother or father. This campaign has since merged into one of the many ongoing charitable purposes of the Love Forward Foundation. Year-round, each "P.O.P." package we distribute has:
Paper • Pencils • Envelopes • Stamps • Holiday/BDay Cards
We take pride in knowing that we will never charge families for our services, and hope you will take pride in us and our commitment to serve the community. The generosity of our supporters, through donations of writing supplies, is heavily relied on. Building a sizeable inventory will HELP US HELP FAMILIES FASTER, by having our care packages prepared in advance, and ready to donate on demand.
PLEASE DONATE SUPPLIES YEAR-ROUND TO:
The Love Forward Project
P O Box 1599
Spotsylvania, VA 22553-1599
SUPPORT IS HERE!*
You do NOT have to have an incarcerated parent to reach out to us. If you feel at ANYTIME like you have no one to talk to, or you want/need to get something off of your chest without any judgement, PLEASE write or email us. We'd love for you to share a personal story, creative writing, or artwork with us! Feedback, GOOD AND BAD, is always welcome.
*This is a general support group, not a professional practice.