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. 

January 1, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How parental incarceration affects families.

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    Hurdles in helping these children and families.

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    How to better serve families impacted by incarceration.

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    How the Foundation is investing in this issue.

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.  

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations