- October 2021
- Vol. 22, No. 9
Promising Practices for Strengthening Families Affected by Parental Incarceration
Over 5 million children in the United States have parents who are jailed or incarcerated, and a disproportionate number of these children are Black or Latino. Parental incarceration has a profound effect on family well-being and is a key risk factor for poor outcomes for children, which can lead to involvement with the child welfare system. A literature review from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services presents studies about family-strengthening programs that seek to maintain relationships between children and their incarcerated parents.
The review aimed to answer the following research questions:
- What areas should family-strengthening programs explicitly address in their models?
- What programs and practices are currently being used to strengthen families involved with the justice system?
- What does the research and evidence indicate about programs that aim to strengthen families involved with the justice system?