REPORTS & RESEARCH

Kinship Care When Parents Are Incarcerated:
What We Know, What We Can Do

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2009
Hairston, Creasie Finney

This paper explores the role of kinship care for children of parents currently incarcerated; examining the involvement of the child welfare system, and describing what can be done to develop more compassionate social policies and programs geared toward this population.

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Parental Incarceration and
Child Well-Being in Fragile Families

The Columbia School of Social Work; Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University; The Annie E. Casey Foundation

In this policy brief, the authors highlight findings from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, conducted through Columbia University’s School of Social Work. The study explores the extent to which children of incarcerated parents are at a greater risk for material hardship, family instability, and developmental challenges.                                      

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20th Annual Kids Count Data Book:
State Profiles of Child Well-Being

Annie E. Casey Foundation

This 20th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book provides national and state-by-state information on the conditions of America’s children and families. The 2009 Data Book essay calls for improvements to the nation’s ability to design and evaluate programs aimed at the needs of children and families living in poverty.

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Data Links


Incarcerated Parents and Their Children

U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice and Statistics
Presents data from the 1997 Survey of Inmates with minor children in State and Federal Correctional Facilities.
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/iptc.htm

Special Report: Children of Incarcerated Parents
U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics
Special Report (2000) includes statistics on incarcerated parents in state and federal prisons.
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/iptc.pdf

Shared Youth Vision
The Shared Youth Vision Federal Collaborative Partnership was formed and composed of several federal agencies to improve outcomes for the neediest youth. The White House Report identified the neediest youth as dropouts, foster youth, juvenile offenders, children of incarcerated parents, and migrant youth.
http://www.doleta.gov/RYF