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How to Explain an Arrest to Children

Arrests can be difficult for every person involved. The arrested individual will deal with the surprise, shock, and trauma of being handcuffed and taken to jail. However, family members will now have to take responsibility and get a bail bondsman to get them out of jail. Children are in many cases traumatized by an arrest. For example, if a parent is arrested, the children panic and start asking themselves difficult questions like where the parents are taken or what will happen to them. If it is your friend that has been arrested, then you are tasked with the responsibility of informing their children about the arrest. It is highly likely that you may not know exactly what you need to tell them.

Tips to telling children of an arrest

The following are some things you should consider when talking to children about an arrest:

Be truthful – Tell them exactly where the parent is without trying to use any cover story because the children will be angry when they find out the real truth.

Let the children know that this was not their fault

Keep them updated – The children want to know when exactly their parents would be coming home. In most cases, this is not an option, so it is important to make sure that the kids are updated about the case.

Respond to the questions they ask about why their parent was arrested. Tell them the crime their parents committed and that being accused of the crime does not make the parent guilty.

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Let the children know that their parent loves them

Offer your support and pay attention to what the children say, this way you will encourage the children to talk to you in case they have any concerns or questions.

Make a call to a reliable bail bondsman and inform them about what has happened.

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