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'This booklet is a tool for Incarcerated Veterans and their families who may want access to support services that promote a better and new manner of living.' When these programs are used properly, the benefits may help to minimize the outside pressures incarcerated veterans experience when released. This guidebook addresses the process of economics, social acceptance and reestablishment for incarcerated veterans as they return to society' (p. iii). Sections of this document include: using this guide and seeking help; help for veterans; seeking federal benefits; Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs; checklist'using this guide; resource address websites and phone numbers; and County Veterans Service Offices (CVSO).

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“The purpose of this toolkit is to help facilitate communication and cooperation between child welfare agencies and federal prisons so that parents can stay engaged in their children’s lives” (p. 3). This toolkit contains: FAQS (frequently asked questions) for Social Workers; FAQS for Unit Teams; FAQS for Residential Reentry Centers (RRCs); Glossary of Commonly Used Terms; Child Welfare Myth Buster; Incarnation Timeline; Child Welfare Timeline; State Child Welfare Agency Contact Information; and additional resources.

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This website provides a great collection of brochures explaining incarceration to the children of inmates. Resources available to download include: “Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership Brochure”; “Resource page for Children of Incarcerated Parents”; “Caring for Children of Incarcerated Parents”; “How to Explain Jails and Prisons”; “An Overview of Mommies and Daddies in Jail”; “Visiting Mom in Jail”; and “Visiting Dad in Jail”.

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This videoconference identifies the problems and greatest needs of incarcerated parents and caretakers with regard to their children. It specifically addresses:

  • Problems and issues that children of prisoners or former prisoners face that put the kids at risk;
  • Evidence-based and promising approaches to support these children and build on their strengths;
  • And the benefits of the criminal justice system becoming more family-friendly.


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“This issue examines the needs of children with incarcerated parents. These children are often overlooked in our schools, clinics, and social service settings. As noted in many ways throughout the article, this is not a homogeneous group – the experiences of these children are varied and changing. Responding to their needs will require attention to their unique life circumstances” (p. 2). Articles contained in this publication are: “Research Summary” by Rebecca J. Shlafer discussing the effects of parental incarceration on children and families, and creating a framework to understand the impact of parental incarceration; and “Implications for Practice and Policy” by Erica Gerrity, Ebony Ruhland, and Marc Wheeler covering evidence informed practice, and the systematic collection of accurate data.

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<p>"In Fall 2014, the Alameda County Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (ACCIPP) and the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (SFCIPP) worked in partnership with their respective Sheriffs’ Departments to survey more than 2,000 individuals incarcerated within the local county jails. The focus of the survey was to identify whom within the jails is a parent, their perceptions of how their incarceration affects their children, and what types of resources are needed for children to maintain contact and relationships with their parents during their parents’ incarceration and after release. This report presents the findings from these surveys" (p. 1).</p>

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This webinar was created for the Family Connections Project. On April 16, 2020, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) presented a 1.5-hour training webinar on strategies for staff to communicate with families and children in correctional facilities.

This webinar covered four major topics:

  • Communication 101: Basic Types and Everyday Challenges
  • Points of Contact and Communication with Families in Correctional Facilities
  • Best Practices on Communication and Active Listening
  • Tips for Staff on Interacting with Families and Children in Correctional Facilities
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This webinar is part of a series created for the Family Connections Project, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) invites you to attend a 1.5-hour training on how to communicate with families and children in correctional facilities. Installment two of the series will provide relevant information and strategies for staff. This webinar will cover three major topics:

  • Communication 101: Basic Types and Everyday Challenges
  • Workplace Culture and Practices: Interacting with Families and Children in Correctional Facilities
  • Applicable Practices for Staff: Interacting with Families and Children in Correctional Facilities
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This program will help professionals identify the strengths and resources inherent in the family as a fundamental support system for individuals upon their release from prison or jail. It is designed to stimulate new ways of thinking about the family as a resource to enhance offender reentry and supervision and to increase public safety.

Family, broadly defined, includes individuals' blood relatives and friends who play a significant role in a person's life. Family members are essential resources who may ease the transition from confinement to the community or positively enhance the community supervision process. Unfortunately, the family is too often viewed as presenting challenges rather than as a source of shared history and untapped resources.

The goal of this broadcast is to encourage participants to think about: enhancing the reentry and supervision processes through contextual thinking about the family; tapping the strengths of families and communities as means of good government to enhance public safety; utilizing family and community resources after government intervention has ended; and addressing the challenge of negotiating multiple services that may be used by the family to enhance positive outcomes.

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Family engagement in juvenile justice involves establishing a collaborative relationship in which families are partners in both their children’s treatment and in developing the policies, programs, and practices of the system … This literature review focuses on synthesizing descriptions of the role of family engagement for youths involved in the juvenile justice system; research documenting how jurisdictions have attempted enhanced engagement, including policies that encourage family engagement; resources that help families to understand the juvenile justice process; practices such as parent training, family therapy, and family visitation; and outcome evidence for programs with family engagement strategies as key components.


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