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Facts, Links, Books, and Videos to help support families impacted by incarceration

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Lillian Hof, Madison Spicuzza, Alexa Tymon, Maria DiFranco, Megan Carcaise

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What is Incarceration?

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It can be difficult to talk about incarceration with your child. Here, Alex is talking about how he feels with a dad who is incarcerated.  Listen to him together with your child as he explains  incarceration in terms that they will understand and describes feelings that they might relate to.

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How many children in the U.S are impacted by incarceration?

"Between 1991 and 2007, the share of children who had incarcerated parents rose 79 percent. Today, nearly half the prisoners in state prisons are parents."

What is the impact on children?

"When a parent is incarcerated, the impact on the children is large and often hidden. Not only do such children lose a parent, they must also cope with altered systems of care."

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Important Articles and Websites

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Tip Sheet

Organizations that help families impacted by incarceration

The Impact of Incarceration on Children

 Families Impacted by Incarceration Program - Mental Health Association

Supporting Students with Parents who were/are Incarcerated

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Anderson, M.D. (2019, January 28). Locked Away: The Toll of Mass Incarceration on Students. Edutopia.    

Berger, L.M, Cancian, M. et. (2016). Incarceration and CPS Involvement. Fast Focus, No. 24, 1-4.

Child Welfare Information Gateway. (n.d). Organizations in Support of CHildren and Families of the Incarcerated.

Children of Incarcerated Parents. (2016, June). Tip Sheet for Providers: Supporting Children Who Have Incarcerated Parents.

Davis, L.M & Williams, M. V & et. (2011). Understanding the Public Health Implications of Prisoner Reentry in California: State-of-the-State Report. RAND Corporation.

Families Impacted by Incarceration Program. (n.d). Mental Health Association of Frederick County.

Martin, E. (2017, March). Hidden Consequences: The Impact of Incarceration on Dependent Children. National Institute of Justice.

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