• March 2013
  • Vol. 14, No. 2

Spotlight on the Impact of Parental Incarceration

The number of children with one or more incarcerated parents has increased steadily in recent years, and the trauma of this parental separation can lead to a number of negative outcomes. This month, CBX highlights research on reunification outcomes among incarcerated parents and their children in foster care, characteristics of imprisoned parents, and the benefits of contact visitation.

  • NRC on Children and Families of the Incarcerated
    Recent data show that there are approximately 2 million children in the United States that have at least one parent in prison or jail. Parental incarceration can adversely affect the family unit...

  • Parental Incarceration and Foster Care Reunification
    Incarcerated parents face myriad obstacles in meeting the requirements of their child welfare case plans within designated timeframes, including access to services and parent-child visits. Their...

  • Children on the Outside
    By 2007, 53 percent of the 1.5 million people in U.S. prisons were the parents of one or more minor children, meaning that more than 1.7 million minor children had an incarcerated parent. The...

  • Characteristics of Imprisoned Mothers and Fathers
    The number of children with an incarcerated parent has climbed steadily in recent years, and these children often struggle with issues that include emotional and psychological disorders. As...

  • Contact Visits With Incarcerated Parents
    The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) reported that over 25 percent of the children in the State's custody in 2010 had incarcerated parents. The publication Connecting...

  • State Prison Visitation Policies
    While research shows that visitation with friends and family members can help prison inmates maintain community connections that can lead to reduced recidivism and improved outcomes, there is no...