Children and Families with Incarcerated Parents

Exploring Development in the Field and Opportunities for Growth

Posted January 1, 2008
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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The repercussions of parental incarceration radiate from behind bars to shake entire families financially, socially and emotionally. Even more, the children in these families lose vital time, conversations and connections with this influential figure in their lives. In 2007, the Foundation convened two groups of child welfare experts to discuss the many challenges of parental incarceration. This report shares their findings as well as advocacy ideas and opportunities. It also tells how the Foundation has already invested in aiding these vulnerable families and children. 

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Key Takeaway

A Focus on Smarter Solutions for Children with Incarcerated Parents

How can organizations and advocates better serve children of incarcerated parents? Expand your scope to involve the entire family and their needs, say the experts. Other ideas: Address roadblocks within the corrections system that impede family bonding and support a national database of best practice strategies.