July 03, 2013

Resources for those Working with Children of Incarcerated Parents


Resources for those Working with Children of Incarcerated Parents
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Did you know that almost 2 million children in the United States have a parent that is incarcerated? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that children of incarcerated parents are more likely to face other adverse experiences, including witnessing violence in their communities or directly in their household, or exposure to drug and alcohol abuse. In order to improve the outcomes of these children, the federal government and Sesame Workshop have teamed up to provide resources.
Sesame Workshop's "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration" Campaign and the Children of Incarcerated Parents Federal Working Group have released materials to teach better coping skills and to lessen the trauma children face when a parent is incarcerated.
Sesame Workshop's newest initiative, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration provides free bilingual (English/Spanish) multimedia tools for families with young children (ages 3–8) who have an incarcerated parent, including A Guide for Parents and Caregivers, a Children's Storybook, and a new Sesame Street video; an Incarcerated Parent Tip Sheet; and the Sesame Street: Incarceration mobile app, and more, all at SesameStreet.org/Incarceration. Kits can be requested at no cost by emailing incarceration@sesame.org
The Children of Incarcerated Parents Federal Working Group worked with partners across the federal government to identify opportunities to support these children and their caregivers. The group developed a toolkit for child welfare agencies, federal prisons and residential reentry centers to address issues faced by incarcerated parents. This Fact Sheet describes the efforts of the interagency group. 
  • ·         Answers to questions frequently asked by social workers and prison and residential reentry center staff
  • ·         Definitions of terms used by the various agencies
  • ·         Timelines for important events that affect parents and children
  • ·         Contact information for State Child Welfare Agencies
  • ·         Additional Resources that would be helpful for parents and staff
For additional resources, visit Find Youth Info's Children of Incarcerated Parents Page.
To learn more about the Children of Incarcerated Parents Initiative, read about the recent White House event honoring 12 community leaders who work to ensure that innocent children do not suffer: Champions of Change.
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