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Supporting Positive Futures for Tamariki of People Serving a Sentence

Children of people in prison are the most vulnerable in our community.

When a parent goes to prison, the children left behind have an uncertain future. As well as the possibility of less family resources or a change of school or caregiver, they must also learn to live with the stigma of being the child of a person in prison.

And none of this is the fault of the child.

Pillars works with these children and their families to help them all have lives which are positive and contribute to healthy and successful futures.

We do this through programmes which range across mentoring for the children and wrap around services for the families and whānau. We work in prisons and the community and have a team of well trained, experienced staff around the country.

We believe children of people in prison are children of promise and potential.


children living with a parent in prison


years caring for the children of New Zealand


hours of support by Pillars Volunteer Mentors each year

How can you help?

Pillars is a children’s charity any New Zealander can feel proud to support. By supporting our whānau to receive wrap around social work support, you are helping to break a cycle of intergeneration crime. By supporting Pillars, you are enabling our children to be paired with an askable, trusted adult and connecting them to the community.

Support our Mahi
Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi

Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work

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