Children with Incarcerated Parents
Children with Incarcerated Parents

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 familiesto 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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