Broken Bonds

Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Children with Incarcerated Parents

Posted February 11, 2008
By Urban Institute Justice Policy Center
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Parents in prison are a unique population with unique challenges, as are the children dealing with the stigma, loss and guilt. This report seeks to develop a better understanding of the challenges parents, children and caregivers face through a review of empirical research on the topic.  It also offers a series of recommendations for how this population can be better served. 

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Key Takeaway

Support for children with an incarcerated parent

Strong, close, and supportive relationships provide some of the best forms of protection against the risks of having a parent in prison. “Support” can be as simple as acknowledging the unique nature of their loss in a manner that accepts rather than stigmatizes.