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Welcome to Our New Site!

Welcome to the new National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University–Camden. The center, which began as the Federal Resource Center on Children of Prisoners in the 1990s, joined forces with the Family and Corrections Network in 2003 creating the oldest and largest organization to focus on justice involved families in the US. ... Read more ...

The Obama Administration Looks Closely at Children of Incarcerated Parents

In June 2013, the White House held a Champions of Change event honoring 12 individuals who have devoted their careers to helping children of incarcerated parents and their families, including NRCCFI Director Ann Adalist-Estrin. Announced at the event were several other Federal government initiatives focused on providing support to children with parents in prison or jail and their ... Read more ...

Sesame Street Initiative: “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration”

Nearly 2.7 million children have an incarcerated parent, yet few resources exist to help the youngest of these children. To meet this need, Sesame Street created its “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” Initiative, which includes multimedia, bilingual (English/Spanish) materials to help young children (ages 3-8) of incarcerated parents, their families and caregivers, and the range ... Read more ...

New Resource: Video on Caregivers

Part of the Echoes of Incarceration Project, young filmmakers with incarcerated parents set out to understand some of the hidden consequences of our nations approach to imprisonment.  In this first film, the crew journeyed to understand their childhoods being brought up by grandparents, and by extension, the issues caregivers face when raising a child with ... Read more ...

Project SEEK

Researcher will revisit Project S.E.E.K. (Services to Enable and Empower Kids), the country’s only comprehensive program and longitudinal study on children of incarcerated parents. Funded by the Ruth Mott Foundation, a team in Michigan led by Carol F. Burton in partnership with the Michigan Public health Institute will conduct a small exploratory study that will include interviews.

Justice Strategies: New Children of Incarcerated Parents Blog

The Children of Incarcerated Parents blog is the first national blog dedicated to exploring the impact of parental incarceration on children and families. There are an estimated two million minor children in the United States who have an incarcerated parent. The incarceration of parents not only has a devastating and damaging impact on children, but it also affects their caregivers ... Read more ...

Rutgers University–Camden, NJ Offers College Credit Course on Children of the Incarcerated

Rutgers University–Camden, NJ offers some of the first college credit courses on Children of the Incarcerated in the Country Courses on Children and Families of the Incarcerated are offered for Summer and Fall 2014 with an On-Line Course being developed for Spring 2015. These course provides a framework for understanding and responding to the needs ... Read more ...

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Mentoring Children of Prisoners: Issues, Concerns and Strategies

Mentoring Children of Prisoners: Issues, Concerns and Strategies: CD Description

Length: one hour Type: audio-conference Trainers: Ann Adalist-Estrin of Family and Corrections Network & Arlene Lee of the Federal Resource Center for Children of Prisoners. Date: 6/23/04 Cost: $75 Synopsis: Ann and Arlene share strategies for mentors and trainers of mentors from their new publication, “Mentoring Children of Prisoners Curriculum.” Principles of effective mentoring will be applied to a variety of real life stories about children of prisoners. When mentoring children of prisoners, agencies should have two priorities: 1. Equip mentors with realistic expectations. How? Provide specific information about children of prisoners. Provide opportunities for mentors to examine their feelings, biases and perspectives about the children and their families through ongoing supervision. 2. Promote longevity of the mentoring relationship. How? Provide avenues for involving the caregivers and incarcerated parents. Provide opportunities to practice communicating about difficult issues, building trust with caregivers and supporting the child’s relationship with the incarcerated parent. This CD training addresses the issues and concerns that programs meet when planning and organizing to mentor children of prisoners. This training also reviews research on mentoring and mentoring children of prisoners. In the last 5 years, mentoring programs have emerged from the shadows to the spotlight as part of an overall process of identifying strategies for responding to the needs of children of prisoners. Agencies and organizations, nationwide are developing mentoring programs for children of prisoners. They are adapting traditional mentoring programs to this population, designing new programs specifically focused on children of prisoners, or initiating collaborations with other programs and organizations to combine and blend services. This training will help agencies organize and plan more effectively to mentor children of prisoners.

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