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Working with families experiencing incarceration

At least five million children is the US have a parent who currently is, or was, incarcerated. How does parental incarceration affect children and families? Extension has been offering parenting classes in correctional facilities across Minnesota. 

Extension resources for professionals who work with families experiencing incarceration

Children with Incarcerated Parents: Considering Children’s Outcomes in the Context of Complex Family Experiences (PDF) — A literature review for professionals who work to support families experiencing incarceration. 

Trauma and healing – Resources and research from Extension child and family health educators.

Understanding opioid addiction and treatment – Many family members are incarcerated for charges related to illegal drugs or addiction. 

Other resources

Incarcerated and Pregnant– Watch this video about the prevalence of pregnancy in incarcerated women and why it’s important to support this population.

Minnesota Prison Doula Project– Pregnant while incarcerated? Connect with this state-wide program for free birthing support. 

Related Resources

Children of Incarcerated Parents– Youth.gov resources for parents and caregivers, teachers and educators, social workers and clinical professionals. 

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