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.
Children of offenders are five times more likely than their peers to end up in prison themselves.
Too few alternatives for mothers
Too few alternatives to incarceration allow mothers to live with their children while they serve their sentences, and parents have inadequate information about their rights and responsibilities thereto.
Support for re-engagement
Women leaving prison need preparation and support to re-engage with their families and their communities.
Statements & Quotations
While a parent is incarcerated, she could be preparing herself to support her family and care for her children. But programs devoted to drug treatment, education, family violence, independent living skills or parenting are often the first to be cut.
Too often, we think of a mother’s arrest and incarceration as the final chapter in a long history of self-destruction.
Offenders who have strong family connections are the most likely to succeed in the community...and mothers who are able to stay in contact with their children have the best prospect of successful reunification and family functioning.