Children with Incarcerated Parents
Children with Incarcerated Parents

Special Announcements!

Mentoring CIP RFP just released!

Mentoring Services for Children with Incarcerated Parents
The Children with Incarcerated Parents (CIP) Initiative at the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy has just released this Request for Proposals. This RFP is intended to support, and allow an evaluation of, one intervention strategy for CIP. The RFP involves the development and implementation of a mentoring model designed to target key outcomes specific to CIP and participation in a rigorous evaluation.
Please note the following:
-Proposals are due by 3 p.m. on 10/13/16
-Questions about the RFP must be sent to Thomas Brodeur at brodeur@ccsu.edu by 4:30 p.m. on 09/15/16
Please do not contact anyone at IMRP regarding this opportunity, we cannot engage in discussion about it.
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Data on CT Dependents with an Incarcerated Caregiver

Check-out the CTCIP Initiative, and CT Association for Human Services', May publication revealing data on the numbers of Connecticut children with an incarcerated caregiver.

Felony Conviction video

Felony convictions often lead to insurmountable and pervasive consequences.

CIP Felony Covictions PSA from IMRP on Vimeo.

Children with Incarcerated Parents Initiative Frequently Asked Questions
When someone faces a potential term of incarceration they, and their loved ones, can experience a lot of uncertainty and confusion. The CTCIP Initiative created this booklet to be a resource for those preparing to serve a term of imprisonment, people returning from prison, and the people that care for them. This document will be regularly updated so please share with us your feedback on the responses given and questions that you have which you would like added. Hopefully something in here is helpful to you and your family.
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CTCIP is dedicated to providing information that may be helpful to those with a loved one in a Connecticut correctional facility. Hopefully through the sharing of information and personal experiences, this website will offer support to those affected by incarceration. This resource is for parents and caregivers who are facing a prison sentence, as well as for those returning home from a term of incarceration, their children, their children's remaining caregiver, other loved ones, volunteers and staff who work with or on behalf of children with a parent incarcerated, policymakers, advocates, and researchers.

Click here to listen to Connecticut children discuss what it is like for them to have a parent in prison.

The CIP Initiative's Guiding Principles

  1. Practices should be designed specifically with CIP needs in mind
  2. Include CIP and their families in the process of program development, implementation, and evaluation
  3. The relationship between the child and the incarcerated parent should be supported
  4. Programs should reach children and families to get “self-referrals”
  5. Stigma and isolation associated with incarceration should be reduced
  6. Emphasis on connections, collaborations and coordination among agencies and community partners
  7. Evaluation and accurate data are critical for identifying evidence-supported practices

Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Bill of Rights

  1. I have the right TO BE KEPT SAFE AND INFORMED AT THE TIME OF MY PARENT’S ARREST.
  2. I have the right TO BE HEARD WHEN DECISIONS ARE MADE ABOUT ME
  3. I have the right TO BE CONSIDERED WHEN DECISIONS ARE MADE ABOUT MY PARENT.
  4. I have the right TO BE WELL CARED FOR IN MY PARENT’S ABSENCE.
  5. I have the right TO SPEAK WITH, SEE AND TOUCH MY PARENT.
  6. I have the right TO SUPPORT AS I STRUGGLE WITH MY PARENT’S INCARCERATION.
  7. I have the right NOT TO BE JUDGED, BLAMED OR LABELED BECAUSE OF MY PARENT’S INCARCERATION.
  8. I have the right TO A LIFELONG RELATIONSHIP WITH MY PARENT.

 

Published by the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership in 2005

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Did you know?

In the U.S., it is estimated that...
 
1 in 346 children has a parent deployed in the U.S. military
 
1 in 191 children is in foster care
 
1 in 28 children has a parent incarcerated
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