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September/October 2001Vol. 2, No. 5Funds Available to Study Problems of Children of Incarcerated Parents

The U.S. Justice Department's National Institute of Corrections (NIC) has announced that it will make $4 million available for projects focusing on children of parents who are, or were, incarcerated.

There are currently about 1.5 million children of incarcerated parents in the United States. These children are more likely than the general population to be involved with gangs, drug abuse, truancy, dropping out of school, early pregnancies, delinquency, and other problems. For these reasons, Congress provided funds for NIC to "fund private sector or not-for-profit groups that have effective, tested programs to help children of prisoners."

Funding will be directed in five different ways:

  • Creation of a resource center for children of prisoners.
  • Grants for development of comprehensive plans for delivery of services to children of prisoners.
  • Demonstration programs in areas with high crime and incarceration rates.
  • Grants to agencies that work with children of parents incarcerated in State or Federal prisons.
  • Grants to agencies that work with children of parents incarcerated in local jails.

Download the funding announcements and application forms at (Editor's note: this link is no longer available.)

Related Items

See the following related articles in past issues of the Children's Bureau Express:

  • "Bureau of Justice Statistics Report Reveals Increase in Incarcerated Parents" (March/April 2001)
  • "Working With Children and Families Separated by Incarceration: A Handbook for Child Welfare Agencies" (November 2000)