Families of incarcerated individuals face many challenges. The resources listed here are divided under the following headings: Children, Parents and Inmates.
Many issues surround children of the incarcerated parent. Resources are listed to assist parents and caregivers handle these sensitive challenges in the life of children.
Children of Incarcerated Parents Fact Sheet Research summary on impact of incarceration on children and families produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Children With Incarcerated Parents: A List of Selected Resources Research, resources, programs and practice and policy activity published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Children With Incarcerated Parents: A Descriptive Analysis of Children and Families Served by Angel Tree in Maryland Prison Fellowship Research Brief, June, 2008
Focus on Children With Incarcerated Parents: An Overview of the Research Literature Notes on the literature review published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2007.
Parents in Prison and Their Minor Children According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, parents held in the nation's prisons--52% of state inmates and 65% of federal inmates--reported having an estimated 1,706,600 minor children, accounting for 2.3% of the U. S. resident population under age 18. For the full report by Lauren E. Glaze and Laura M. Maruschak, http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/pptmc.pdf
STATISTICS AND RESEARCH ON CHILDREN OF PRISONERS
Mercy Heart Ministry Action Clinic" with Roger W. Hollar
This fifty minute DVD presentation provides an overview of the Mercy Heart Chapel Program. It will develop an awareness of the at-risk nature of families and children of inmates, introduce the Mercy Heart model for ministry, and answer questions about this ministry. It includes a menu of frequently asked questions, a downloadable clinic manual (PDF), and additional Mercy Heart video presentations. $12.95 + $4.00 S&H
Purchase the manual and DVD together for $39.95 plus $5.00 S&H
"Families on the Gallows of Criminal Justice" by Roger W. Hollar
This is a complete manual for churches on doing ministry with at-risk families and children of inmates. It is the compilation of fifteen years experience. It includes Scriptural and social justification for such a ministry, step by step planning, organizational direction, enlistment advice, reporting and budgeting guidelines, supporting forms provided on CD, and a DVD testimonial presentation by volunteers and family members. $34.95 + $4.00 S&H
"When a Parent Goes to Jail: A Comprehensive Guide for Counseling Children of Incarcerated Parents" by Rebecca M. Yaffe & Lonnie F. Hoade; Rayve Productions, Inc., 2000 ISBN: 1-877810-08-8
Professional counselors help children understand the rules, laws, and consequences, why their parents are in jail, what to expect in the legal system and how to cope with their emotions. (Ages 5-12).
"When a Parent Goes to Jail Workbook" by Rebecca M. Yaffe and Lonnie F. Hoade; ISBN: 1-877810-11-8
This professionally developed companion workbook to the above guide contains writing and drawing activities that help children develop understanding and work through complex emotions. (Ages 5-12).
"Visiting Day" by Jacqueline Woodson, Scholastic Press, 2002; ISBN: 978-0-590-40005-3
This book is a story about a little girl and her grandmother who take the bus to visit her father who is in prison. (Ages 4-10).
"Momma Loves Me From Away," by Pat Brisson, Boyds Mills Press, 2004; ISBN: 1-56397-966-7
This is a loving story about a mother and child separated by a prison sentence and about how they try to stay in touch despite the physical distance between them.
"My Daddy is in Jail" by Janet M. Bender, Youth Light Inc., 2003. ISBN: 1-889636-48-7
This is a resource to help children cope with the incarceration of a loved one. It includes a read-aloud story, discussion guide, caregiver suggestions and optional small group counseling activities. (Grades K-5).
"Daddy, Why Are You Going to Jail?" by Stephen Lawson, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1992. ISBN: 087788-161-8
A father's story about his descent into white collar crime, restoration and forgiveness.
"A Family Arrested" by Ann Edenfield
Ann details her journey of survival when her husband was arrested and incarcerated in a Federal Prison. She offers helpful suggestions to cope with this difficult situation and to understand the criminal justice system. To order a copy, contact Wings Ministry at http://www.wingsministry.org/
"Learning to Sing in a Strange Land: When a Loved One Goes to Prison" by Wesley Stevens
The author graphically describes the experience of incarceration both from the family's perspective and that of the inmate. His story of a family member's incarceration is deeply personal but also very informative and inspirational. Available from http://www.amazon.com/
Preparing Children for Prison Visits
This resource provides tips for parents and caregivers on how to prepare for a child's first visit to an incarcerated parent. It also provides developmental guidlines for infants, older babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-age children with age-specific suggestions on how to prepare the child for the visit and what to expect during the visit. This resource lists specific ways to prepare the child before the visit.
Questions Children and Caregivers Ask and Communication Tips
These resources offer answers to common questions posed by both children and their primary caregiver as well as general tips for communication between prisoners and their families.
Developmental Issues and Behaviors for Children of Incarcerated Parents
This resourse explores developmental characteristics and tendencies for children and how they may react to a parent's incarceration at different stages of development. It also explores family dynamics that either help or detract from the child's coping skills.
Children of the Incarcerated
The Chicago Reporter September/October 2008 issue featured a cover story on Children of the Incarcerated. Click here to review entire issue.
A Sentence of Their Own
A documentary by Edgar A. Barens that chronicles one family's annual pilgrimage to a New Hampshire State Prison, revealing the damaging impact incarceration has on families. This documentary can be a great training tool to help your church or organization more effectively minister to familes impacted by incarceration. http://www.asentenceoftheirown.com/
THE NEW YORK STATE DOCS HANDBOOK FOR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF INMATES
The New York State Deparment of Corrections recently published (and posted on their website) a handbook for families. Workshop presenters, involved in the creation of the handbook and development of informational and supportive resources for families before the handbook became available, will discuss the process and impact of engaging families through these and other methods.
Parenting Issues Upon Release from Incarceration
The long-awaited outdate is nearing and the family is looking forward to reunification. But what challenges will both parents and children face when the incarcerated member returns to the family system? This resource explores these issues and offers specific suggestions to ease the transition and ways the supportive community can assist.
Provides statistics on number of children in foster care due to parental incarceration.
Parenting Issues During Incarceration
This paper presented at the "From Prison to Home" Conference in January, 2002, explores the challenges parents face during their incarceration.
PRISON SURVIVAL GUIDE
Prison Fellowship has created a guide to help inmates survive in prison. You may download the guide at: http://www.pfm.org/media/pfm/docs/prison_survival_guide.pdf
THE BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE
For information on the effort to restore the right to vote for ex-offenders, click here.
THE REAL COST OF PRISONS PROJECT
The Real Cost of Prisons Project seeks to broaden and deepen the organizing capactiy to prison/justice activists working to end mass incarceration. The Real Cost of Prisons Project brings together justice activists, artists, justice policy researchers and people directly experiencing the impact of mass incarceration to create popular education materials and other resources which explore the immediate and long-term costs of incarceration on the individual, her/his family, community and the nation.
THE SECOND CHANCE ACT
Visit Prison Fellowship's Justice Fellowship page for information about this important piece of legislation as well as other issues surrounding justice reform and inmate rights. http://www.justicefellowship.org/site_hmpg.asp
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE BUREAU OF JUSTICE STATISTICS
This website offers an incredible wealth of information, including a chart providing an overview of the sequence of events from the report of a crime to parole. http://www.ojp.gov/bjs/largechart.htm