May 10, 2024

It is with great sadness that the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers – Camden announces that long-time director Ann Adalist-Estrin passed away on April 11, 2024. Ann was a tireless advocate for children and families and was named a White House Champion for Change in 2013. Through her training and policy work, she educated countless individuals in the United States and abroad about best practices related to families affected by incarceration. Ann was also an excellent teacher and colleague and will be missed by many of her friends, colleagues and students at Rutgers – Camden and beyond. Please see her obituary for more information and opportunities to donate in her memory.

NRCCFI will continue its operations at Rutgers-Camden and can be reached at We thank you in advance for your patience as we navigate this transition.

-Jane Siegel, PhD and Laura Napolitano, PhD
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
Rutgers University – Camden

An estimated 5 million children in the U.S. have had at least one parent in prison or jail in their lifetime.

NRCCFI is the oldest and largest organization in the U.S. focused on children and families of the incarcerated and programs that serve them.

  • Disseminating accurate and relevant information
  • Guiding the development of family strengthening policy and practice
  • Training, preparing, and inspiring those working in the field
  • Including the families in defining the issues and designing solutions

Directory of Programs

Find National, State, and Local programs for and about children of the incarcerated, their parents and their families.


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Fact Sheets

Access relevant facts and statistics about children and families of the incarcerated.


Learn more about children and families of the incarcerated using our research resources.