Since 1983, Family and Corrections Network (FCN) has provided ways for those concerned with families of the incarcerated to share information and experiences in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We have done this through publishing, sponsoring conferences, liaisons with other agencies, and by providing consultations to organizations and agencies around the US and Canada. We have published information on children of the incarcerated, programs for parenting from prison, prison visiting, incarcerated fathers, hospitality programs and a variety of other topics. Our mission is to uphold the value of families of the incarcerated and provide support to programs that serve them.
We are proud of our history as the first national organization in the United States focused on families of the incarcerated. This updated web site, fcnetwork.org, is Family and Corrections Network’s latest effort to:
- Disseminate accurate and relevant information;
- Guide the development of family strengthening policy and practice;
- Train, prepare, and inspire those working in the field; and
- Include the families in defining the issues and designing solutions.
About the NRCCFI
In 2006, the Federal Resource Center on Children of Prisoners merged with FCN to create the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated (NRCCFI). The FCN website is the cornerstone for the NRCCFI.
NRCCFI at FCN continues to work alongside families of the incarcerated, program providers, policy makers, researchers, educators, correctional personnel and the public by:
Serving as a connection between and among programs and services and convening national, regional and local meetings for mutually respectful learning, interaction and dialogue;
Gathering and disseminating information;
Designing and supplying training materials, tools services and technical assistance to programs, agencies and systems working with children and families of the incarcerated that will aid in advocacy and service delivery initiatives;
Advocating for criminal justice policy reform that upholds the value of families;
Encouraging networking between those that are living with the impact of incarceration and those working to mitigate the impact of incarceration on children and families for mutual support and cooperative action;
Creating opportunities for linking with and learning from families of the incarcerated;
Integrating information exchange into all NRCCFI/FCN services through focus specific issues of the FCN Report as well as Training-by-Telephone and Site-Based Trainings on issues, concerns and strategies that come to the Resource Center from the children and families of the incarcerated and from community and government agencies that provide services to them; and
Highlighting current research initiatives as well as new and promising program and practice designs and systems change initiatives.