Practice Guide

This guide is one of several tools within the foundation’s Family to Family Initiative established in 1992 to reconceptualize, redesign and reconstruct the foster care systems of targeted communities with a history of placing large numbers of children out of their homes (i.e., the states of Alabama, New Mexico, Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania, as well as five Georgia counties and Los Angeles County). Partnerships Between Corrections and Child Welfare: Collaboration for Change, Part Two explores the gap between the systems--which results in tremendous hardship on children, caretakers, families and workers in both places--and what can be done to improve coordination without a great deal of additional funding. 

January 1, 2001

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The scope of the problem and its immediate and long-lasting effects on children (e.g., at publication, fully 75% of the women in prison are mothers, typically of two to three children).

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    How systems can collaborate by exchanging information, eliminating duplication of services and providing transitional support services.

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    Effective interventions that draw on the participation and strengths of incarcerated parents and foster parents themselves.

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    Services that support women and families, include alternatives to incarceration.

Key Takeaway

Parental Involvement

Contrary to the assumption that a parent’s arrest always means the case is hopeless, parental involvement in the criminal justice system can be managed in a way that preserves and strengthens a family. For example, visitations provide a way to build and maintain essential family bonds.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations