Child and Family Prison Ministry (CFPM) is a home in Thailand for children whose parents are in prison either for life or long enough that the children will be adults by the time the parents are released.
In Thailand, when a mother is arrested and put into prison, a child under 1 year of age will be sent to live with her in prison. Therefore, the child will have no opportunity to live in a normal family. When a child living in a prison under the control of prison officials turns 1 year old, he or she will be separated from their mother. Siblings will be separated and sent to an orphanage, a children’s home, or back to live with relatives. Most of these children are not provided care, some are ill treated, and all are at risk for abuse, human trafficking, or being forced into prostitution.
The mission of Child and Family Prison Ministry is to stop the cycle of neglect, abuse, child labor, and forced prostitution. CFPM provides hope for these children. With parents’ consent and permission, the foundation can legally provide care for their children. Every child in the care of CFPM lives in a warm, caring, loving, and safe family with healthy food, a good education, and good health provision.Each CFPM home is limited to hosting a maximum of nine children so that each child can be cared for individually. The foundation also realizes and values the significance of the relationship between the biological mother/father and the child. CFPM tries to maintain that important relationship by providing opportunities for the children to visit their parents in prison as much as possible. In addition, the foundation values keeping siblings together.