Links: Children of Incarcerated Parents
|General Data and Resources|
|Aleph Institute |
Provides resources for Jewish prisoners and their families.
Federal Resource Center for Children of Prisoners
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
Provides information and resources for organizations and individuals that work with or study families separated by incarceration.
Children of Criminal Offenders
FACSNET Reporting Tools
Provides an overview of issues relating to children of criminal offenders.
Children of Incarcerated Parents: Cumulative risk and children’s living arrangements.
Study on the relationship of risk factors and living arrangements for children of incarcerated parents (collaborative effort by professors from University of Michigan and Columbia University School of Social Work).
Children’s Defense Fund
Citizens for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE)
A national organization focused on reducing crime through reform of the criminal justice system. Provides information on programs and resources for children and families.
Family and Corrections Network (FCN)
Includes: Reading Room (provides several articles on children of incarcerated parents), Children of Prisoners Library (to be posted spring 2003), and Incarcerated Fathers Library.
Keeping Incarcerated Mothers and Their Daughters Together: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars
National Institute of Justice Program Focus
U.S. Department of Justice
An institution-based program for incarcerated mothers and daughters developed through a partnership between state corrections departments and Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
LEFT BEHIND: Tens of thousands of children have a parent behind bars. What are the social costs of their loss?
DEBT TO SOCIETY
Explores larger economic and social costs of parental imprisonment for children.
Punishment of innocents: children of parents behind bars
Monitor on Psychology
American Psychological Association interdisciplinary taskforce in process of addressing issues of children of inmates; describes programs already available in California, New Hampshire, and Oregon.
Uniting Incarcerated Parents and their Families
Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network
Office of Family Assistance
Department of Health and Human Services
Report on two-day workshop (2002) that explored how Temporary Assistance for Needy Families can work with corrections staff to better service children of incarcerated parents.
When the Bough Breaks Mothers in Prison
Independent Television Service
Documentary exploring the emotional impact of maternal incarceration for nonviolent crimes on their children. Follows the children’s day to day lives and their struggles with the justice system in maintaining a bond with their mother.
|State Data and Programs|
|Alabama Aid to Inmate Mothers (AIM) |
Provides services to women and their children in two Alabama correctional facilities.
Save Kids of Incarcerated Parents (S.K.I.P.)
A nonprofit corporation in Alabama provides a network of services for children of incarcerated parents.
AlaskaChildren of Incarcerated Parents
Alaska Justice Forum
Report (2002) on children of incarcerated parents. No known data for inmates in Alaska.
ArkansasMothers in Prison Children in Crisis
Arkansas Education Television Network
A documentary that explores the issues of children and their incarcerated mothers.
Provides enhanced visitation services to families of inmates throughout California.
Children of Incarcerated Parents
California Research Bureau
Report (2000) on children of incarcerated parents in California.
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)
California based program advocates for the civil rights and empowerment of incarcerated parents, children, family members and people at risk for incarceration. Provides information and resources.
ChicagoChicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM)
Provides legal and educational services to incarcerated mothers and their families.
HawaiiIncarcerated Parents: Adjustment of their Children and Families
Center on the Family
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Introduces three-year study of incarcerated parents in Hawaii. Study still underway; tentative completion in 2006.
MichiganKids Need MOMS
Provides services to children of incarcerated mothers in Florence Crane Women’s Correctional Facility.
What About Me? Children with Incarcerated Parents
Michigan Family Impact Seminars Briefing Report Number 2002-1
Report examines the effects of parental incarceration on children, their special needs, and programs and policy options that can begin to address these issues.
MissouriThe Living Interactive Family Education
University of Missouri Outreach and Extension, Outreach Development Fund and the Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Initiative
Provides enhanced visitation opportunities for children and their incarcerated parents.
New HampshireThe Family Connections Center
New Hampshire Department of Corrections
Provides description of programs available to children and incarcerated parents at the Lakes Region Facility, a co-ed prison.
New YorkThe Children’s Centre: Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
The original provider of comprehensive programs for incarcerated mothers and children; includes nursery program where mothers who have their children in prison are allowed to keep them in prison for up to one year.
Women in Prison Project: The effects of imprisonment of families fact sheet
Correctional Association of New York
Provides data on children and the effects of incarceration on families in New York and nationwide.
The Women’s Prison Association: Supporting Women Offenders and their Families
National Institute of Justice Program Focus
U.S. Department of Justice
Provides an in depth look at the Women’s Prison Association, a nonprofit corporation in New York that offers institution and community based services to women offenders.
Youth and Family Services: Family Works, Family Resource Center, Family Ties
The Osbourne Association
Provides a broad array of services to incarcerated mothers and fathers and their children throughout New York.
OregonChildren of Incarcerated Parents Project
Oregon Department of Corrections
Present abstract of 2000 survey results; describes programs currently available for children of incarcerated parents in Oregon prisons.
House Bill 3037
71st OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY--2001 Regular Session
Legislative action that created the planning and advisory committee to make recommendations on increasing family bonding for children who have incarcerated parents.
TexasParents and Children Together, Inc. (P.A.C.T)
A non-profit organization in Texas that provide services to preserve and strengthen families of incarcerated persons.
The Lean on Us Foundation, Inc.
Provides community based resources for children of incarcerated parents in Houston.
Texas Inmate Families Association
Provides support, education, and advocacy for families of inmates in Texas.
VirginiaChildren of Incarcerated Parents
Final Report of the Virginia Commission on Youth
Report (2002) on children of incarcerated parents in Virginia.
The D.C. Family Literacy Project
Georgetown University Law Center
Program helps incarcerated parents to foster their children’s literacy through development of their own literacy and parenting skills.
|International Data & Programs|
|CanadaCanadian Families and Corrections Network |
Provides updated information on resources, policies, and programs related to incarcerated parents and their children in Canada.
Children of Incarcerated Mothers Project
Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System
Study of how children are affected when separated from mothers as a result of incarceration. The project will be completed in the spring of 2003.
Programs for Families of Offenders: Private Family Visiting Room
Correctional Service of Canada
Facilitates unique private family visiting program in which inmates and their families are allowed to spend up to 72 hours together.