Research Report Understanding the Needs and Experiences of Children of Incarcerated Parents
Views from Mentors
Elizabeth Davies, Diana Brazzell, Nancy G. La Vigne, Tracey Lloyd
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In order to better understand the experiences and needs of children with incarcerated parents, Urban Institute researchers sought the perspectives of mentors who work closely with these children. In partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations in Baltimore, Maryland; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Washington, D.C., researchers convened seven focus groups with mentors of children with incarcerated parents. Discussions focused on the childrens living situations, relationships with their incarcerated parents and other family members, and emotional and behavioral outcomes. Findings reveal considerable variation within this population, including significant differences in the experiences of children with incarcerated mothers and those with incarcerated fathers.
Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety Children and youth
Tags Corrections Child care Child welfare Mass incarceration
Policy Centers Justice Policy Center