2.7 million children in the United States have an incarcerated parent. Often key players in the lives of youth have difficulty knowing how to best support children and teens impacted parental incarceration. \u00a0Due to the stigma and shame incarceration brings, the incarceration of a parent is often kept a secret. \u00a0This creates and perpetuates even more feelings of alienation and shame youth touched by incarceration may already be feeling. \u00a0From their peers, to their teachers, to the many adults impacting their lives, these youth\u00a0often struggle to find someone they can trust. They often resort to isolation. Below is the fourth video in this video series highlighting best practices for educators, teachers, and other vital players in the lives of grieving youth today. \u00a0For this interview I sat down with Zoe Willmott, Project Manager for\u00a0Community Works Project WHAT! \u00a0WHAT! stands for\u00a0We\u2019re Here and Talking. \u00a0In this best practice video, Willmott draws on knowledge she\u2019s gained from her experience working with teens impacted by parental incarceration and from her own experience of being a child with an incarcerated parent. Willmott\u00a0tells us that a\u00a0child or teen impacted by parental incarceration may experience a range of feelings related to their parent, their parent\u2019s incarceration, and the relationship the young person has with his/her parent. \u00a0So as adults working with this population of youth, honoring all feelings a young person impacted by parental incarceration may have is vital to their coping and healing. Willmott reminds us about the importance of authenticity and being honest when working with children and teens impacted by parental incarceration. \u00a0Oftentimes\u00a0these youth are told their parent has left for vacation or the military for example, instead of jail or prison. \u00a0With this in mind, it is imperative that youth impacted by parental incarceration\u00a0learn to see adults as trustworthy. One of the key takeaways from my interview with Willmott is the importance of remembering the\u00a0resilience\u00a0of\u00a0children and teens impacted by parental incarceration. \u00a0They\u00a0have so much to offer the world around them. \u00a0Most of the time these youth aren\u2019t\u00a0looking for pity or for someone to feel sorry for them. \u00a0Children and teens impacted by parental incarceration are looking for someone to listen to them. Do you know of helpful resources for working with children and teens impacted by parental incarceration? \u00a0Do you know of an organization working with this population of youth that you think isn\u2019t getting enough attention? Please leave a comment below or email me at email@example.com.