Families Impacted by Incarceration

Families Impacted by Incarceration

In the United States today, more than 5 million children, or 7% of all children, have a parent who is or has been incarcerated. Data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) shows that about 8% of children who enter foster care do so as a direct result of parental incarceration. In many more cases, parental incarceration is one of several stressors that decrease family stability and contribute to child welfare involvement. Nearly half of the children in non-parental care have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their lives.

Resources

Digital Dialogues

Families Impacted by Incarceration: Understanding the Issues, Ann Adalist-Estrin, National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated
This presentation connects research on brain development, trauma, toxic stress, attachment, and resilience theories to the experiences of children and families of the incarcerated.

Families Impacted by Incarceration: A Dialogue on Practice Skills, Ann Adalist-Estrin, National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated
A national perspective on current and emerging best practices for responding to the needs of children and families impacted by the criminal justice system.

Promoting Family Resilience in the Face of Parental Incarceration, Dr. Crystallee Crain, San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership
Learn more about how parental incarceration affects children, and how to support them.

Tools & Tip Sheets

Families Impacted by Incarceration Tip Sheet Series
Two tip sheets produced in cooperation with the National Resource Center for Children and Families of the Incarcerated provide strategies for maintaining the bond between children and an incarcerated parent.

From the Field: Supporting Families Impacted by Incarceration [PDF]
This summary of two webinars connects research on brain development, trauma, toxic stress, attachment, and resilience theories to the experiences of children and families of the incarcerated.

From the Field: Promoting Family Resilience in the Face of Parental Incarceration [PDF]
Learn more about how parental incarceration affects children, and how to support them.

Parenting Programs in State Correctional Facilities [PDF]
A variety of parenting programs in correctional facilities aim to help parents improve their parenting skills and strengthen their bonds with their children.

Strengthening Families, Saving Money[PDF]
Learn how the state of Washington launched a successful program to allow parents to serve their sentences from home with their children.

Supporting Families Impacted by Incarceration: A Dialogue With Experts
This report features key issues for practitioners and identifies needed resources and tools to support the workforce and families impacted by incarceration, and a practical framework of key intervention points from arrest to release.

Video

An Unlikely Partnership Film and Discussion Guide
In this short film, part of the Building Community, Building Hope series, highlights a collaboration between the State of Washington's Department of Early Learning and Department of Corrections to help keep families together during the incarceration of a parent.

From Our Partners

Coping with IncarcerationLink opens in a new window., Sesame Street in Communities
These resources, include kid-friendly videos and activities to help young children (3-8) express and deal with the emotions involved when a parent is incarcerated.

Children of Incarcerated Parents WebsiteLink opens in a new window., Youth.gov
This U.S. government website has links to a range of information, tools, and opportunities from federal agencies and their partners.

Supporting Children and Families Affected by Parental Incarceration: Reunification and Visits with Parents Who are IncarceratedLink opens in a new window., Child Welfare Information Gateway
These pages provides links to a range of resources for child welfare professionals who are supporting a child with a parent who is connected to a correctional system.

Children of Incarcerated Parents Myth Busters [PDF]Link opens in a new window., Federal Interagency Reentry Council
This series addresses common myths that prevent families impacted by incarceration from getting the help and support they need.