This discussion guide shares statistics, solutions and next steps for funders interested in aiding children of incarcerated parents. It is part a series by the Association of Small Foundations called Investing in Strategies to Serve Vulnerable Children and Families, which was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

November 1, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Statistics on parental incarceration.

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    Research gaps surrounding parental incarceration.

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    Options for aiding children of incarcerated parents.

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    How real-world programs are rebuilding family bonds behind bars.

Key Takeaway

The statistics are clear: parental incarceration is a family sentence

Incarceration drives a deep wedge between inmate parents and their children, leaving a trail of devastation in the form of broken bonds, missed conversations and lost time. This discussion guide wastes no time highlighting the issue’s sobering statistics, such as: At at any given moment in America, 1.5 million children have lost a parent to prison. Or: Mothers make up three-fourths of all incarcerated women — and the majority of these women have children who are under the age of 18. 

Findings & Stats

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