Children with Incarcerated Parents: A Quantitative Evaluation of Mentoring and Home-Based Counseling and Case Management Services

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There is evidence that parental incarceration has negative effects on children (e.g., on mental health and behavior; Murray, Farrington, & Sekol, 2012). In particular, there has been a concern about “intergenerational incarceration,” or a high likelihood that children with incarcerated parents (CIP) will themselves become justice-involved. The incarceration of a parent brings unique stressors to children including insecure/disrupted attachment with the incarcerated parent, the stigma faced by the child and family, and corresponding lack of social support. The Connecticut General Assembly has provided funding to address needs of children with an incarcerated parent. The funding is administered and effectiveness of services evaluated by Central Connecticut State University’s Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP). The IMRP, using a competitive RFP process, funded services beginning in 2008, by two providers. This report describes a quantitative evaluation of CIPs’ well being while receiving services for up to 13 months. The time period of services evaluated was from January 2008 to July 2010.

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