Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children

This program will provide funding to support states and units of local government to develop programs within detention or correctional facilities to respond to the needs of incarcerated parents who have children younger than age 18. This program supports activities that foster positive family engagement between incarcerated parents and their children within detention and correctional facilities, and upon reentry.  Grantees will implement programs and services that support the children of incarcerated parents to reduce the likelihood of antisocial behaviors and future involvement in the juvenile justice system.

Objectives and Deliverables

The goal of this program is to assist states and localities in developing or expanding services that meet the needs of incarcerated parents and their children. Programs proposed should aim to prevent violent crime, reduce recidivism, and provide support for minor children. In addition to engaging incarcerated parents and their children, this program supports the delivery of transitional reentry services, including services to minor children, upon release of the incarcerated parent.

Specific objectives include the following:

  • Provide support to facilities for staffing, equipment, tools, and resources to create child-friendly spaces.
  • Develop safety protocols and procedures for children who are visiting their incarcerated parents.
  • Develop a coordinated system for the provision of programs and services that support the needs of incarcerated parents and their children.

Program deliverables include the following:

  • Implement strategies that strengthen the relationships between incarcerated parents and their children while maintaining safe facilities.
  • Provide services that meet the needs of children of incarcerated parents.
  • Provide reentry and transitional services for incarcerated parents that focus on parental responsibility.

For more information, see the most recent BJA grant solicitation (https://ojjdp.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh176/files/media/document/OJJDP-2020-16831.pdf).