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New & Notable

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 ...

An annotated bibliography “Parental Incarceration and Child Wellbeing,” by Christopher Wildeman

An annotated bibliography “Parental Incarceration and Child Wellbeing,” by Christopher Wildeman, was released on September 23rd by the Osborne Association and John Jay’s Prisoner Reentry Institute in New York. The annotated bibliography focuses on quantitative research on the consequences of paternal and maternal incarceration for children. It was made available as part of an event “Children ... Read more ...

New study looks at the impact of parental incarceration on children’s health.

Stress proliferation theory suggests that parental incarceration may have deleterious intergenerational health consequences. In this study, data from the 2011–2012 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) is used to estimate the relationship between parental incarceration and children’s fair or poor overall health, a range of physical and mental health conditions, activity limitations, and chronic school absence. Results suggest that ... Read more ...

Director Participates in Regional Initiative in South America to Highlight Needs of Children and Families of the Incarcerated

Ann Adalist-Estrin, director of the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University–Camden, recently returned from a weeklong trip in South America as part of a regional initiative to highlight the needs of children and families of the incarcerated in Latin America and the Caribbean. Adalist-Estrin was invited by Church World ... 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 ...

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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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