Incarceration often creates challenges for children and families at home, in school, and in their communities. Children may experience:
- Financial and material hardship
- Unpredictability in family relationships and structure
- Difficulty with school relationships and performance
- Struggles with mental and physical health
- Social and institutional stigma
Although Minnesota does not yet systematically collect information about incarcerated parents and their children, it is estimated that at least 10,000 children in Minnesota have a parent currently in prison or jail.
In response to this issue, we have formed a collaborative of experts from public and private agencies to address the strengths and needs of families affected by incarceration in our state.
All public and private agencies’ and organizations’ efforts are coordinated, appropriate, and effective to ensure child well-being, family stability, and community connectedness.
To inform and improve practices and policies that address the needs of children, caregivers, and incarcerated parents at the point of connection with the corrections system, by communicating best practices, advocating, and impacting change within the community and organizations.
1. Collect, analyze, and explore additional data needs and collection methodologies.
2. Create and implement a communication and training plan.
3. Develop recommendations for policies and practices as they relate to improved family engagement.
4. Map policies and practices that need change and develop recommendations.
Big Brother/Big Sisters
Bridge Builders for Kids
Council on Crime & Justice
Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota
Hennepin County Library
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies
Minnesota Department of Corrections
Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Minnesota Fathers and Families Network
Parenting with Purpose
Ramsey County Child Support
University of Minnesota
Volunteers of America