Supporting Families Impacted by Incarceration: A Dialogue With Experts
Families Impacted by Incarceration Tip Sheet
National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center. Rutgers University--Camden. National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated.
Federal Publication/Policy Information Packet or Sheet
Sponsoring Organization: United States. Children's Bureau.
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This brief summarizes findings from a discussion among experts and practitioners in the field to discuss the impact of parental incarceration on children and families. The discussion was sponsored by the National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center (CANTASD), held on May 12, 2017, and included 15 participants who were national experts on the impact of incarceration on children and families, State departments of corrections, State child- and family-serving agencies, local programs working with the families of the incarcerated, and several federal agencies. Findings are discussed on the impact of parental incarceration on children and families and critical issues and implications for the field. Recommendations are made for: addressing bias and stigma against individuals who have been incarcerated and their families; improving data on the number of children and families with dual involvement with corrections and child welfare; and bringing together child welfare and corrections systems. The following section of the brief provides a framework for best practices at key intervention points, including at arrest, at sentencing, during imprisonment, and at release/re-entry. Needed resources for each recommendation are identified. Additional guidelines are discussed for balancing children’s need for permanency with the separation that incarceration forces on families. 3 references.
incarcerated parents; interagency collaboration; parental absence; parent child relationships; developmental stages; preserving connections; child development; children of prisoners; statistics; VISITATION