There has been extensive examination of mass incarceration in the U.S. and some researchers have outlined innovative solutions toward Promoting Smart Decarceration. Yet, little of this discussion focuses on the 2.2 million children in the U.S. with a parent in prison or jail. Despite the large number of children affected, there is no major system of care designed specifically to support them. Because there is no formal mandate for criminal justice or youth service systems to identify and consider these children needs, there are no formal professional organizations that disseminate model practices or that provide training and technical support. The proposed innovation, Family Matters Resource Center (FMRC), will be the first international focused children of incarcerated parents resource center that includes three core elements: 1) online compendium of model practices, 2) online depository of tools and resources and, 3) virtual and in-person training and technical assistance. FMRC is an innovative intervention that aims to disrupt social norms connected to stigma held against incarcerated parents by educating systems leaders to examine their policies through the lens of protecting children’s needs versus punishing their parents. Model practices are presented for leaders in all of the major systems affecting children with incarcerated parents including criminal justice, child welfare, schools, health and behavioral healthcare. FMRC will impact the lives of children affected worldwide by parental incarceration and fill a critical gap in the broader smart decarceration movement.
|Commitee:||Lee, Nani, Singh, Melissa|
|School:||University of Southern California|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Criminology|
|Keywords:||Children, Incarcerated parents, Jail, Parents, Prison, Reeentry|
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