More than one in forty children in the United States has a parent in prison. The loss of a parent to incarceration means a crisis for that child. Concerned people in all settings are dealing with children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers daily, but in most cases without benefit of training or specific information.
To help meet this need, Family and Corrections Network created a resource—the Children of Prisoners Library (CPL), an Internet based resource. The CPL provides free information sheets designed for people serving children of prisoners and their caregivers.
Library materials can be accessed through links below. The Facts and Issues section has pamphlets for all readers. Currently there are specialized pamphlets for Caregivers of children of prisoners and for Health Care Providers. The Resource section provides a list of selected Agencies, a children’s Book List, a Glossary of key terms, Links to additional material on line, a list of Reading and Reference materials, and selected Videos. We also offer Trainings that compliment the information in the Children of Prisoners Library.
Pamphlets may be downloaded without charge. Duplication is permitted and encouraged, so long as the materials are not altered or sold.
Sorry, FCN is not budgeted to mail free copies.
Please note that these PDFs are in the process of being updated and do not yet reflect our updated contact information, which is as follows:
The National Resource Center on Children & Families of the Incarcerated (NRCCFI)
at Family and Corrections Network (FCN)
93 Old York Road
Suite 1 #510
Jenkintown, PA 19046
General contact: email@example.com
101: Introduction to Children of Prisoners
102: Why Maintain Relationships?
103: Conversations – Questions Children Ask
104: Risk and Protection
105: Visiting Mom or Dad
106: Jail and Prison Procedures
107: Communication Tips for Families
301: Impact of Parental Incarceration
302: Challenges for Health Care Providers
303: Common Stress Points
304: Different Children/ Different Behaviors
305: Strategies for Intervention
306: Tips for Fostering Trust & Safety
307: The Caregiver’s Situation
For additional Resources, visit our Resources Links page.
The Children of Prisoners Library is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with additional support from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the Jack DeLoss Taylor Charitable Trust and the Heidtke Foundation.
We are also grateful to our sponsoring organizations: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.-Southern Region, Children and Family Networks, Hour Children, The National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families and The Osborne Association. To become a sponsor, see our application form.
Special thanks to the Osborne Association for permission to revise and publish material from the three volume set of pamphlets, How Can I Help?
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