Is the parent of the child you care for or work with currently in jail or prison? Access to resources that connect families and an incarcerated parent is difficult, especially in Montana. For many children, one or both parents are taken from the home leaving them in the care of relatives or non-relative caregivers. The following resources provide caregivers and professionals with information on how to help children better understand why their parent(s) are incarcerated and how to help them cope with the negative emotions that often accompany a parent's absence.
This video covers how to support youth with an incarcerated parent.
This 45-minute podcast shares how families can be traumatized and stigmatized when a parent is incarcerated.
Telling the Children FAQ. The National Prisoners’ Families Helpline provides tip sheet shares FAQs about children of prisoners and offers fellowship resources for families affected by incarceration.
Supporting Youth with Incarcerated Parents: For Social Workers. Video, discussion guide, and resources for social workers working with children with incarcerated parents.
Coping with Incarceration. Sesame Street describes how parents can explain incarceration to their children and how to normalize the child's feelings about their incarcerated parent.
Children of Incarcerated Parents. National Institute of Corrections provides research, policy briefs, program reviews, data, and additional resources.
Prison Life Podcast, "The Prison Family Journey."
Institute for Research on Poverty podcast, "Attachment Behaviors in Children with Incarcerated Fathers."
Tips Sheet for Providers: Supporting Children Who Have an Incarcerated Parent. Youth.gov tipsheet.
FAQ about Children of Prisoners from Prison Fellowship.
Children of Incarcerated Parents Fact Sheet by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Let’s Make It Easier for Kids to Visit Incarcerated Parents. The Marshal Project overviews the benefits of the family visits to children of incarcerated parents.
Kids of Incarcerated Parents Have More Substance Abuse, Anxiety. Psych Central article about risk factors of children with incarcerated parents.
NPR short read, "Keeping Kids Connected with Their Jailed Parents."
How to Help a Child Whose Parent is in Jail. Family Today article.
Tips for professionals supporting children whose parents are incarcerated.
Sesame Street video explaining defining incarceration.
Children of incarcerated parents share about their experiences.