Parents, children, and families

Creative Family Projects

Children whose parents are incarcerated are often afraid and confused by the changes in their own lives. Their questions and deeply felt concerns are not always addressed.

The booklets Mommies and Daddies in Jail and Moms and Dads Come Home From Jail address this issue. They are designed for children, families, and the professionals who serve them.

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Parents Behind Bars: What Happens to Their Children?

Children do not often figure in discussions of incarceration, but new research finds more than five million U.S. children have had at least one parent in prison at one time or another—about three times higher than earlier estimates that included only children with a parent currently incarcerated.

This report uses the National Survey of Children’s Health to examine both the prevalence of parental incarceration and child outcomes associated with it.