This Best Practices Tool-Kit aims to systematically identify empirical evidence regarding prison programs and practices for incarcerated parents and their children. It highlights several practices and program strategies that are proven, promising or exemplary best practices and provides references for more extensive reading, if desired. The objective of the tool kit is to offer a sound evidence base that will better inform policymakers, practitioners and researchers on prison programs and practices geared toward building the parental skills of incarcerated parents. (Author abstract)
This brief begins by explaining what is meant by evidence-based programs, the development of criteria by different organizations to rate program effectiveness, and common elements. The difference between evidence-based practices and evidence-based programs is discussed, as well as the history of evidence-based programs and legislation that has been passed that support evidence-based programs. Examples of evidence-based programs are then profiled and include: Nurse-Family Partnership, High/Scope Petty Preschool Program, and the Incredible Years. Following sections address: strategies…
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This paper highlights a number of promising services and supports for incarcerated parents and recommends what attorneys representing or working with incarcerated parents and their children can do to minimize harm to children. (Author abstract)
This newsletter provides information on the number of children with incarcerated parents, the impact of the incarceration, and intervention strategies. It begins with statistics on the incidence of children with incarcerated parents and a discussion of the risks children face when their parents are incarcerated. Feelings children experience are described, as well as factors that promote resiliency. Information is then provided on goals for interventions and supports for children whose parents are incarcerated. Recommended practices are discussed for arrest practices, child placement,…
This report provides an overview of major research findings on children whose parents are incarcerated as a means of further informing this developing area of research, practice, and policy. The findings and policy and program suggestions offered in this synthesis are based primarily on research published during the last 20 years. (Author abstract)
This illustrated children's book tells the story of Tommy, a boy who has a father in prison for drug abuse. It discusses the number of children with parents in prison, Tommy's worry that his father will forget about him, and feelings of embarrassment Tommy has and concerns about what other children will think. Tommy is reassured by his mother that it is not his fault that his father used drugs and is in prison.
A resource from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, this tip sheet provides advice on how to communicate with teachers and other leaders at your child's school if you're dealing with bullying.
A resource from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, this tip sheet provides a list of ways to support your child through this very painful experience.
This guide is intended for PTAs to promote male involvement in schools, PTAs, and children's lives.
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Unfortunately, many men behind bars are fathers in name only. This workbook will help to change this. Being a parent is a huge responsibility and this workbook aims to help incarcerated fathers understand this fact and to give them the guidance they need to meet the challenges that accompany being a dad. The job of a father is constantly changing. The author examines the differences of being a father of a small child as opposed to a teenager. This practical workbook looks at such topics as communication, discipline, reunification and more. This is a hands-on resource that should be given to…