Helping Children with Incarcerated Parents

The Pelipost Team had a busy holiday season from our Giving Tuesday campaign to sponsoring the XO Factor, Inc. Adopt-A-Family event. Pelipost is proud to give back to multiple organizations who help families impacted by incarceration.

Did you know….

1-in-28 American children have an incarcerated parent.

Making a Difference

Bethany McNeil is the founder of XO Factor, Inc., a non-profit organization with a mission to assist men, women, children, and families in rebuilding their lives after incarceration. With that being said, they are able to provide returning citizens with the services, support, and skills needed to become employed and self-sufficient.

Our CEO, Joseph Calderon, at the XO Factor, Inc. Adopt-A-Family Event.

Adopt-A-Family Event

Pelipost was a proud sponsor of the XO Factor, Inc. Adopt-A-Family event which provides children with gifts from their incarcerated parents. The Pelipost Team attended the event on December 16, 2019 to wrap gifts that would ultimately be delivered to children during the holidays.

Sponsors of the Adopt-A-Family Event.
The Pelipost Team wrapping gifts at the Adopt-A-Family Event.

Our CEO, Joseph Calderon, and our COO, Becky Calderon, shared their personal story with incarceration and how it effects all parties involved. They also brought awareness to the importance of staying connected to your incarcerated loved ones. Photos are a great way to share life’s special moments.

It brought great joy to our hearts to connect with families who have used XO Factor as a resource to better their lives upon release. Listening to the speakers share their experiences with recidivism and how they’ve made a point to give back to the community was amazing. We left the event truly inspired and ready to make an even bigger difference in 2020. Thank you XO Factor for all your great work in our community!

Don’t forget to send your incarcerated loved ones photos! You can download the Pelipost app through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

23 Replies to “Helping Children with Incarcerated Parents”

  1. My husband has been in prison for 6 years. When he left our kids ages were 9…4…3…..1. It’s been a long hard road taking care of our kids and him alone but I am humbled by this experience and I appreciate my family so much more. Our kids are a lot bigger now but are still babies to their dad.

    1. Jennifer ❤️ Our story is so similar!! My husband has been gon almost 7 years. We have 4 children now 18, 15,13,12. This experience was definitely part of our TESTIMONY! It’s hard raising kids physically alone. But God Carries us through and has our families covered. God bless you and I wish the best for your family!

    2. We know this road is difficult Jennifer and we praise you for staying positive. We are happy to be able to help in any way we can for children with an incarcerated parent. Thank you for taking the time to read our blog!

  2. It’s been hard all of use. With My husband in jail . My daughter is the one taking it the hardest she misses her dad and doesn’t understand why. She just wants her dad home .

  3. My kids dad is in prison he’s in and out always violating his parole I have twins a boy & girl it’s hard being a single mom but with God I can do all things through Christ who Straightened me Amen😇🙏❤️

    1. Thank you for staying strong Diana. We know how this can be difficult to understand for children but with your strength, you will get through it together. We appreciate you taking the time to read our blog!

  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS❤️ Being a Wife of a Inmate and our 4 children being physically without their father for almost 7years it’s been so tough! But it’s for Ministries like this one that keep that Hope in our lives. We are so greatful for people who help and pray for families Ours. God Bless you Pelipost and Sponsors

  5. My husband been in prison for almost 6 years it’s been a rough road but with God nothing is impossible! I truly understand all the women in here with loved ones locked up my daughter is 7 yrs old her dad’s been away since she was two. I’m happy y’all made this blog and the work you guys are putting in taking time out of your lives to help others absolutely amazing and Ladies keep your head up our time will come when we have our family together once again!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment Yvonne. We commend your strength. We know this road is not easy but staying positive is so important especially for the children. We are so blessed to be able to give back to organizations like XO Factor and we will continue to do so to help those affected by incarceration.

  6. Yes I was incarcerated for 6 years and I have 5 children of my own. I want to know how I can get involved to give back to the family’s. Or incarcerated individuals. I have only been out 6 months and it is a hard transition. With not a lot of resources in my area. I still have 3 years of parole left. Any advice or links would be greatly appreciated. Being a mother and behind those walls was the hardest obstacle I have ever had to do. It made me the person I am today and made me appreciate the small things. My name is Cindy and again please if I can get involved please lead me in the right direction.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment Cindy! We’re happy to hear that your out and wanting to give back to those that have also been affected by incarceration. If you’d like to email us at, we would love to help you find an organization to be part of. There are plenty of groups out there that need volunteers and resources.

  7. My dad has been incarcerated for 16 months without having any crime committed, and it’s a little injustice to me and my family because we are in Mexico and we need to change our whole lives so we can send him things, this app have given me the opportunity to show him how we are still standing and I’m grateful for that. I think you should try the adopt a family not only in America, because there’s people that aren’t there like us and need a little support. I still appreciate the effort you are guys putting in all of these besides the app.

  8. I just want to thank everybody that works hard to allow us to send our loved ones pics. My husband has been locked up for only 7 months but it’s been so hard. We lost everything to find him the best attorney and even with that he’s still facing 25 years. We have a 7 year old and an 8 month old. My 7 y/o understands that he’s in prison but she misses him so much and asks everyday to speak with him 🙁 but reading all the comments from strong women gives me so much hope and strength to keep going!

    1. Thank you for commenting Dora and sharing your story. You are not alone in your journey and we hope that our blog is able to show you that. We have been considering creating a forum to build a community to be able to support those affected by incarceration, we hope that you will be a part of it once we get it going.

  9. This road is very hard. I have a son my youngest who was sent away 2017. As a mother I have been thru so many emotions I didnt even know I had. I have my good days and bad days. I found this app and thought it would br awesome to send photos to my son thru this app. I filled out all the information but st the end it says the Facility where he is at doesnt do pelipost anymore. Thank you anyways Pelipost for having this app for the mothers thst can do it. God Bless.

    1. Hi Christina, Thank you for the feedback. We would love to know what facility your son is in so that we can reach out to them. We are in constant contact with facilities to get updates on rules and regulations. We truly appreciate when information of this comes through so we can reach out personally.

  10. I know the struggle you all endeavor. My sons father was in county jail when I told him I was pregnant!!! 🙁 His release wasn’t until my son turned 13! What a long, hard and very emotional road that was! Our son only knew his dad behind block walls and wearing orange. I faithfully went to visit once every 3-4 weeks for the entire weekend. Although their relationship was minimal it was there! I never thought the day would come for him to get out. And sure enough it did. My point is … it’s never going to be easy! Especially with kiddos but make yourself available for your loved one and send pics as often as possible! I wish there would have been more places like Peli years ago! But so grateful there is such places today! God Bless you all and best wishes on your journey! Don’t give up!!! Xo

    1. We love hearing these stories Heidi, thank you so much for sharing. It truly helps give other hope. We are happy to hear that your loved one is home and can now build a stronger bond with your son. Sending your family lots of love!

  11. Wow, I didn’t even know these organization exsisted. Its amazing what you guys are doing for families. My children’s father has been in jail for 6 years he for our then went back due to a parole violation. It has been hard on our children who are now 12,10 and 8. Its has also been hard trying to take care of every one by myself but God gets us through tough times. I can truly relate to all the women commenting in here. It is hard but we got this ladies. My kids want their dad home soo bad. I just tell them he has to be away from us right now but it won’t last long and always say a prayer for him. They are getting older now and are understanding more but it is still rough on them. Keep ur heads up ladies! ☺

    1. We appreciate you sharing with us Ashley and know that this road isn’t easy. Encouragement and positivity will help get you through. We’re happy we can help families and will continue do so as much as we can.

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