ERIC Number: ED352147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Family Support Programs and Incarcerated Parents: Overview of Family Support Programs.
Family Resource Coalition, Chicago, IL.
This fact sheet begins with an overview of family support programs, which includes a discussion of the premises of family support programs and a list of typical program components. The remainder of the fact sheet focuses on support programs for incarcerated parents. The children of incarcerated parents, though innocent of any crime, are often heavily penalized by the justice system by the destabilization or destruction of their family structure. Parental incarceration can have a negative impact on children's emotional and psychological development, and the loss of close attachment with their children can negatively affect parents' eventual parole success. Many prisons lack child-oriented materials for visitors, and few have facilities for housing children with their mothers. More than 100 support programs, driven by the premise that a parent continues to be a parent while in prison, currently target prisoners and their families. These programs facilitate parent-inmates' involvement in and understanding of their children's growth; give them an opportunity to observe and engage in positive interactions with their children; offer peer support; and help parent-inmates continue to function as family members. Brief descriptions of five model programs (Minnesota's Family Services Program; the Women's Activities and Learning Center in Topeka, Kansas; the Children's Center in New York; the Bridge Transition Parenting Program in several northeastern states; and the Therapeutic Intervention Project in California) and five resource organizations are provided. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Family Resource Coalition, Chicago, IL.