I couldn’t be more grateful to Securus Technologies. They are a telecommunications company that specializes in providing telephone and Internet services to prisons. Yes, my husband is in prison and he has been there for quite some time.
Now my husband made some bad decisions, but I do not think it should negatively affect my children. It has been really difficult raising my son as a single mother, especially without a positive male role model around. I really work hard to foster a relationship between him and his father, even though his father is in jail. I do this the best way I know how — video visitation by Securus.
I am not too good with computers, but Securus makes video visitation through the Internet a breeze. My son helped me out a little bit, but I was able to set up an account on the Securus website. This account allows me to request video visitation times with my husband’s prison. The visitation time is either approved, denied or it is moved. Either way, I get notified right away.
Then it is as simple as pulling out any old one of my electronic devices, like my computer, my tablet or my smart phone. I just log back into my account and my husband is on the other side. I talked to my husband for a little while alone, then I invite my son to join us, and finally I give my son the electronic device to be alone with my husband. After all, it is his father.
It feels good to leave them alone talking about boy stuff. Sometimes my husband tells me in on what they talked about, and sometimes he doesn’t. Either way, I am grateful for their interactions because it makes my life a whole lot easier.