ERIC Number: ED469410
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Roundtable on Constructing and Coping with Incarceration and Family Re-Entry: Perspectives from the Field (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 15-16, 2001). Fathers and Families Second-Tier Roundtable Series.
Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. National Center on Fathers and Families.
Issues of incarceration and its effects on parents, children, families, and communities are as much human development concerns as policy dilemmas. This report synthesizes the discussion of these concerns and their implications for policy, practice, and research as presented at the National Center on Fathers and Families'"Roundtable on Constructing and Coping with Incarceration and Family Re-Entry: Perspectives from the Field." Section 1 compiles summaries of the research papers presented at the roundtable, interspersed with discussants' commentaries. Section 2 describes the current and emerging issues in father incarceration and reentry that arose during the roundtable exchanges, including acknowledging ambivalence toward families of the incarcerated, reassessing assumptions about incarcerated parents, punishing parents and not their children, reentering communities with few resources, sharing information and building trust, surveying existing state efforts, addressing rising rates and declining care, addressing effects on child development, and viewing incarceration as a source of role and social strain. Section 3 offers new directions for research, including evaluating interventions and agencies, translating research findings for practice, and investigating assumptions of causation. Section 4 explores the implications of the issues raised for policymaking, including extending the war metaphor, reconciling social capital and welfare reform, redefining reentry and reintegration, and addressing fatherhood and parenting at the state level. The final section of the report describes lessons learned for practice related to listening to prisoners' children, listening to practitioners, considering issues of abuse and domestic violence, refining the notion of outcomes, articulating the diversity among incarcerated fathers, and understanding practitioners' varying roles in different settings and levels in the system. The roundtable agenda and a list of participants complete the report. (KB)
Descriptors: Caseworker Approach, Child Development, Child Welfare, Drug Abuse, Family Violence, Fathers, Juvenile Justice, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role, Public Policy, Research Needs
National Center on Fathers and Families, University of Pennsylvania, 3440 Market Street; Suite 450, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3325. Tel: 215-573-5507; Fax: 215-573-5508; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ncoff.gse.upenn.edu. For full text: http://www.ncoff.gse.upenn.edu/roundtable/incarcerated-rt.pdf.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. National Center on Fathers and Families.