I know that connecting kids with parents who are in jail is a touchy subject for people, and it is very hard for some people to fathom how that is going to happen. The Securus app works really well in the home that we run because we have kids who are in the system and have parents in jail. We want to make sure that these kids can talk to their parents, and we have been using the tablets that we have in the office to help the kids.
The kids that we have staying with us are going to be able to talk to their parents because we get them on the Securus app to chat. The app is great because we connect in a couple seconds, and we do not have to make the kids wait. That is worst part for me because I use to have kids who were forced to wait.
I think that it was much better for these kids to see their parents on video instead of going to the jail, and I have even had bosses tell me that the kids should not be going to the jail because they would be traumatized.
We are all thankful around here for Securus, and I think that the kids like it the most. They do not even think about it because they get to talk to their parents. We are going to help keep these families going even though they are broken up right now, and we might be able to get them back together in the future. We can see the hope in these kids and parents, and it helps all of us do our work.