The CTCIP Initiative has supported several programs for children with incarcerated parents since the IMRP first began receiving funding in fiscal year 2008. Faculty from Connecticut’s public universities, as well as other colleges and universities, has evaluated almost all of these projects, and some have issued public reports. On this page we share those program evaluation reports issued by faculty as well as other research publications issued by the CTCIP Initiative.
Needs Created in Children’s Daily Lives by the Arrest of a Caregiver (PDF)
There is ample evidence that caregiver incarceration is associated with negative child outcomes including mental and physical health problems, antisocial behavior and youth incarceration. The authors of this report, Dr. James Conway, Dr. Ashley Provencher and Aileen Keays, argue that these outcomes may be due to loss of supports from an arrested caregiver, and surveyed a sample of arrested caregivers to examine supports children may lose.
Seven out of Ten? Not Even Close (PDF)
CCSU professor and long-time CIP Initiative Principle Investigator, Dr. James Conway, and Edward Jones investigated the widely used but unsubstantiated claims that children with incarcerated parents are six times more likely than other children to become justice-involved and that 7 out of 10 CIP overall will become justice-involved. The findings of their analysis, indicating much lower levels of justice involvement, are detailed in this 2015 report. View this report in Spanish.
Children with Incarcerated Parents: A Quantitative Evaluation of Mentoring and Home-Based Counseling and Case Management (PDF)
The Connecticut General Assembly has provided funding to address needs of children with incarcerated parents. 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 organizations: one providing one-on-one community-based mentoring, the other strengths-based in-home counseling and case management. This report describes a quantitative evaluation of CIP well being while receiving services for up to 13 months.
Issues Affecting the Efficacy of Programs for Children with Incarcerated Parents (PDF)
This 2011 article, published in The Journal of Correctional Education, discusses the observations of children, parents/caregivers, mentors, and agency staff involved with two agencies that provided programming for children with incarcerated parents in Connecticut. Big Brothers Big Sisters provided Hartford and Bridgeport area youth with mentoring services while Families in Crisis offered in-home strengths-based counseling and case management for Hartford-area families.
For other organizations’ publications, please visit the below websites:
- For general CIP-related information, please visit the National Resource Center for Children and Families of the Incarcerated
- For general information including resources for school administrators and teachers, as well as law enforcement and corrections, child welfare and clinicians, and parents and caregivers, please visit the Youth.gov
- For law enforcement-related resources, visit the International Association of Chiefs of Police website and type “incarcerated parent” into the search field
- For CIP-related information for corrections, please visit National Institute of Corrections
- For Child Welfare – Supporting Children and Families of Prisoners and Child Welfare – Reunification and Visits With Parents Who Are Incarcerated
- Spotlight/featured research
- Yale Law School’s Family Law Handbook: A Resource for People in Connecticut’s Prisons
- Child Trends report Parents Behind Bars: What Happens to their Children?