It Takes a Village: Growing up With an Incarcerated Father

Following a July story on incarcerated mothers, Real Chi Youth decided to take a closer look at the impact of incarcerated fathers. Roger L. Washington is a Chicago Police officer, minister, youth and school counselor, but most importantly a Chicago father. Father incarceration in Chicago has a drastic impact on youth, according to Washington, who is also running for Alderman in the 24th Ward.  Washington educates fathers both in and out of prison. He helps empower them to maintain responsibility for children and their actions, Washington told Real Chi Youth.
Meanwhile Ta’Lisa Porter, 15-yrs-old, and Nakala Turner, 10-yrs-old, expressed the feelings they got from having an incarcerated parent. Porter’s father has been in and out of prison repeatedly.
“I only have one parent until January. It’s not working out,” Porter told Real Chi Youth.
By Preston Robinson