Webinar: Using Distance-Based Child-Parent Engagement Strategies in Correctional Facilities

April 28, 2021


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More than half of people incarcerated in American prisons and jails are parents of minor children. Ensuring that jail and prison policies support the preservation of family bonds is critical to successful reentry and strengthening the relationships between incarcerated parents and their children and families. During the COVID-19 pandemic, technology has played a key role in keeping families together while a parent is incarcerated.

In this webinar, hosted by The Council of State Governments Justice Center, Second Chance Act grantees, the Oregon Department of Corrections and their partners at The Pathfinder Network, as well as the Allegheny County Jail and their partner, the Allegheny Department of Human Services, share strategies for visits, programming, and supports to encourage developmentally appropriate child-parent engagement during a national pandemic.

In this webinar, presenters::

  • Provide strategies that strengthen relationships between incarcerated parents and their children and caregivers while maintaining safe facilities;
  • Discuss services that meet the needs of children who have incarcerated parents;
  • Share approaches to reentry and transitional services for incarcerated parents that focus on parental responsibility; and
  • Provide strategies to identify children who have incarcerated parents.