Families Impacted by Incarceration
In the United States today, more than 5 million children, or 7% of all children, have a parent who is or has been incarcerated. More than 1.7 million children, or 2% of all children, have a parent who is currently in federal or state prison. Data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) shows that about 8% of children who enter foster care do so as a direct result of parental incarceration. In many more cases, parental incarceration is one of several stressors that decrease family stability and contribute to child welfare involvement. While accurate numbers are hard to get, an estimated 15% to 20% of children in child welfare systems have a parent who is incarcerated.
Child- and family-serving programs and child welfare partners can play a role at several key intervention points. CANTASD is developing practice tools, program and policy examples, and resources to help those working on the ground to support families impacted by incarceration.
Strengthening Families, Saving Money
Strategy Profile | Supporting Vulnerable Families
In 2010, the State of Washington’s Department of Corrections was grappling with a number of problems around prison overcrowding, reduced budgets, and the very real social consequences of separating children from parents due to incarceration. Learn how the state launched a successful sentencing program that keeps families together, while reducing recidivism and saving costs to the corrections and child welfare systems.
An Unlikely Partnership
March 2, 2017 | BCBH Film | Supporting Vulnerable Families
An Unlikely Partnership is a film about the impact of incarceration on children and families, and an innovative partnership between Department of Corrections and the Department of Early Learning in Washington State. It is a film about how investment in strong, nurturing parent-child relationships can be a powerful motivator to reduce recidivism and keep parents from re-offending. Intriguingly, it is also a story about how the most unlikely of partners can come together around a shared agenda for the safety and well-being of children, and create remarkable results.
Promoting Family Resilience in the Face of Parental Incarceration
December 14, 2016 | Digital Dialogue | Supporting Vulnerable Families
More than 5 million children have a parent who is incarcerated. Parental incarceration can destabilize families and lead to child welfare involvement. Watch a 30-minute digital dialogue with Dr. Crystallee Crain, Coordinator of the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership. Learn more about how parental incarceration impacts children. Explore questions on how to support families impacted by incarceration and key points for intervention.