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Children of inmates

Family Connections in Correctional Facilities: TTA Opportunity

Nearly 5 million US children have experienced the incarceration of a parent. Research demonstrates that parental incarceration contributes to emotional, financial, and residential instability among children and their caregivers, which can have significant short- and long-term ramifications for their lives. The Urban Institute has collaborated with the National Institute of Corrections, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Community Works, and subject-matter experts to develop actionable, low-cost, high-impact model practices and activities that can reduce the barriers to contact and communication between incarcerated parents and their children.

Stronger Together

This collection of handbooks is an excellent resource for anyone who cares for or works with children who have incarcerated parents.

Children of Incarcerated Parents

The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to develop low-cost high-impact family strengthening policies that can be implemented in local jails and state prisons.

Community Services Division

The Community Services Division coordinates consulting services (technical assistance), specialized training, and other programs related to probation, parole, and other forms of community-based corrections.

Seven Out of Ten? Not Even Close: A Review of Research on the Likelihood of Children with Incarcerated Parents Becoming Justice-Involved

This study concluded that Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP) are about three times more likely than non-CIP to become justice-involved.              

Parents Behind Bars: What Happens to Their Children?

This report examines the prevalence of incarceration amongst parents and the associated consequences for their children, over five million.

Toolkit for Developing Family-Focused Jail Programs

This toolkit identifys promising practices for developing family-centered jail programs to address the effects of incarceration of parents on children.

Promising and Innovative Practices for Children of Incarcerated Parents: Arrest through Pre-Adjudication [Webinar]

This webinar highlights promising and innovative programs and practices aimed at reducing trauma for children of incarcerated parents.

How To Explain A Parent's Arrest To A Child

These four pocket-sized cards are wonderful tools to remind law enforcement staff about the impacts on a child whose parents are being arrested or incarcerated.

Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents

This report discusses the trauma children experiences when law enforcement carries out its investigative and arrest responsibilities.


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