Over the last several months, national attention has been focused on the impact of incarcerated parents on children, and the need for a paradigm shift that incarcerated parents should be included in the children’s lives, if possible. At the national level, an interagency group, that includes the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Education, and Agriculture, as well as the Social Security Administration, has partnered with stakeholders to address these challenges. Negative consequences for children can include financial instability, changes in family structure, shame, and social stigma, but some of these may be mitigated by healthy and positive relationships between the child and the incarcerated parent. The fact sheet is available here.
A webportal has been established by the federal government to consolidate resources and research.
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges passed a resolution in support of the White House Initiative Supporting Children of Incarcerated Children.
Sesame Workshop has launched an initiative “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration,” which provides a guide, a children’s storybook, videos, a tip sheet, and a mobile app, available here.
Reentry Myth Buster! is a series of publications on the impact of incarceration on children, including child welfare, Medicaid, parental arrests, Social Security, TANF eligibility, and SNAP eligibility.
The National Reentry Resource Center has a number of publications available. Click on the Issue Areas page, and then click on Families.