How do 5.1 million children cope with a parent behind bars?

After their mother’s addiction to heroin and painkillers sent her to jail and rehab, the 7-year-old twin boys were relieved to move in with their grandmother, Kathy Harrison Turner.

While spending the last six weeks with her, the brothers no longer worry about eviction, having enough food to eat, or being late for school, said Turner, who also works for the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness in Louisville, Kentucky. And they don’t need to look after each other anymore.

“You can be the kid,” Turner said she told one of her grandsons who had assumed the role of parenting his twin brother. “You don’t have to protect him. That’s my job.”

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