Children & Family

Recommended books for Families:

Arrested by Lenni Spitale

Sentenced by Lenni Spitale

Ministry with Prisoners & Families: The Way Forward by W. Wilson Goode Sr. (Author), Charles E. Lewis Jr. (Editor), Harold Dean Trulear (Editor)

 

Promising and Innovative Practices for Children of Incarcerated Parents: Arrest through Pre-Adjudication [Webinar]
“Nearly three million children under the age of 18 have a parent in jail or prison, and millions more have experienced their parents being arrested. Due to their parent’s criminal justice involvement, a growing body of research indicates that these children often experience trauma, family disruption, and the loss of their primary caregiver, which can lead to financial hardship, residential instability, and an array of emotional and behavioral problems. In response, several community-based organizations and government agencies across the country have implemented programs and practices aimed at reducing this trauma and mitigating the potentially harmful outcomes associated with parental criminal justice involvement. The Urban Institute and the National Institute of Corrections hosted a live webinar highlighting these promising and innovative programs and practices.”

The Reentry Myth Buster/Children of Incarcerated Parents Series is a series of fact sheets intended to clarify federal policies that affect formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. On any given day, nearly two million children under 18 have a parent in prison, and many more have had an incarcerated parent at some point during their childhood. Children of incarcerated parents often face financial instability, changes in family structure, and social stigma from their community. This series is designed to help these children, their caregivers, and the service providers who work with them.

Mentoring connects Children with incarcerated Parents with Support |PBS|
More than 5 million children in the U.S. have had a parent in prison at some point. In Indiana, where that number is 177,000, a mentoring program aims to bolster support for those children by connecting them with adults who can provide emotional support. Megan Thompson reports as part of an ongoing series of reports called “Chasing the Dream,” which reports on poverty and opportunity in America.

Bill of Rights for Children of the Incarcerated (complete 15 page document)
Complete list and explanation of the eight rights Children of the Incarcerated have while their parents or guardian are incarcerated. It gives the list of realities and what to expect as well as statistical information on what happens to some children as well as who looks out for them.

Bill of Rights for Children of the Incarcerated (1 page summary)
Quick list and summary of each of the eight rights Children of the Incarcerated have.

Guidebook for Families and Friends of the Incarcerated
General guidelines on what the different kinds of prison systems there are. Along with general guidelines on procedures such as: How to find the inmate, how to send the inmate mail along with what is allowed, rules for phone calls, visiting policies and procedures (every facility may differ), visiting room rules (every facility may differ), what do do in case of emergencies, how to add money to commissary (every facility may differ), and the difference in Juvenile court systems and adult.

Recommended Books for Children with Incarcerated Parents:

What Will Happen to Me?

Authors Howard Zehr and Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz tell sobering stories of what happens to children of the incarcerated. The authors tell a sobering tale of the realities that almost three million children have to face due to a parent or sometimes both parents being incarcerated.

A Day I’ll Never Forget by Dana L. Cunningham.

Do you work with children who have a loved one incarcerated? This book provides a person of color’s perspective. The story and discussion questions provide an opportunity for children to process their feelings about incarceration. This book is ideal for children ages 10 and under.

Scholarships for Children with Incarcerated Parents: A list of seven organizations that plan to give scholarships specifically to Children with Incarcerated Parents.

Incarceration’s Impact on Kids and Families: As the overuse of jail becomes more common—although the majority of people are held there pretrial and presumed innocent—its growing impact extends to the children, families, and communities outside its bars, people who must also manage the financial, economic, and emotional effects.

Tip Sheet for Incarcerated Parents: Planning for a Visit from Your Child/Children Visitation can be an important and meaningful experience for incarcerated parents and their children, but it can also be a source of stress and anxiety when parents’ or children’s expectations do not align with what ends up happening. Many aspects of visitation are outside of the control of an incarcerated parent, but there are things you can do to anticipate problems and reduce stress to make visitation a positive and beneficial experience for everyone involved. Below are things to consider when planning for a visit from your child. If you do not know the answer to a question, think about who in your facility you can ask for an answer such as other incarcerated parents, volunteers, or facility staff. Even if you cannot find the answer to a particular question or if you think it could affect the visit, make sure your child’s caregiver is aware of the issue.

Guide for Incarcerated Parents Who Have Children in the Child Welfare System: Children of Incarcerated Parents Parent Guide, Reentry Myth Buster fact sheet
Parents guide to the facts about the care of your child in the welfare system while incarcerated. Also gives resources that are available to you as a parent for your child as well as contact information for your State’s Child Welfare Agency Contact Information

The following titles are available for CMCA Members only. If you wish you may join CMCA now to receive access to the Members section.

  • A Review of Research on the Likelihood of Children with Incarcerated Parents Becoming Justice Involved
  • When a Parent is Incarcerated (primer)
  • Children and Families of the Incarcerated Fact Sheet
  • National Resource for Children of Incarcerated-Fact Sheet
  • The Ultimate Guide for Connecting with Your Child (for fathers)
  • Involving Families in Care Planning
  • Tips for Incarcerated Parents
  • The True Cost of Incarceration on Families