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Save the Date: Centerforce 2009 Summit. Pathways to Change: Issues, Challenges and Strategies
San Francisco, October 26-27, 2009
Visit Centerforce's Website

Gotham Gazette Series on Children and the Criminal Justice System
This is the first in an installment of articles from the Gotham Gazette covering the issue of Children and the Criminal Justice System.
Read the article at

Registration is Open for the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research's Conference
NRCCFI at FCN Director Ann Adalist-Estrin will present at the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research’s third biennial conference, One Child, Many Hands: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare, scheduled for June 3 – 5, 2009 in Philadelphia.  Featuring an Opening Keynote address by the brilliant and controversial Bernadine Dohrn. Early registration rates are available prior to May 1.
Visit the conference's website

Save the Date: June 4, 2009, “Achieving Their Promise: Children of Incarcerated Parents Symposium” in NYC
The Department of Youth and Community Development & the John Jay College of Criminal Justice encourage you to save the date, Thursday, June 4, 2009, for “Achieving Their Promise: Children of Incarcerated Parents Symposium” at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC.  Presenters include NRCCFI at FCN Director Ann Adalist-Estrin.

Special Price for Train the Trainers Training
Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents Train the Trainer Training has been delivered to 99 agencies in 46 states. We are offering the training at ½ price for the 100th site to contract with us!

New FCN Website to be released on June 1
Thanks to a generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, FCN will launch a comprehensive new website on June 1.

John Forte Lands Teaching Job At City College Of NY
Rapper John Forte is putting his new found freedom to good use as a new teacher with The City College of New York. Starting on March 31, Forte will work with In Arms Reach, a program designed to provide a positive environment for at-risk youth and children of incarcerated parents.  Forte will teach a twelve-week course geared towards students aged 12-15.  He will use music as a therapeutic means to address stress, anger and pain.
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FCN 2008 Year-End Review Released

Read about FCN's review of our work in 2008 and plans for 2009. Download the Newsletter (PDF).

New Publications from the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Children of Incarcerated Parents Fact Sheet
This fact sheet includes data on incarceration of adults, its affects on children and families left behind, and how it affects children and youth with respect to foster care.
Download Fact Sheet (PDF)

Children and Families with Incarcerated Parents
Children and families with incarcerated parents not only face the trauma of loss, but also a range of economic and social conditions that result from incarceration. Concerned about the vulnerability of this population, the Annie E. Casey Foundation began an exploration of the nature and scope of this issue and the gaps that need to be filled.
Download Report (PDF)

Children with Incarcerated Parents: A List of Selected Resources
This resource guide, last updated in June 2008, lists selected citations of documents and resources in four categories: general, research, program and practice, and policy and state/local level activity. 
Download Resource List (PDF)

Focus on Children with Incarcerated parents: An Overview of the Research Literature
This report provides an overview of major research findings on children whose parents are incarcerated as a means of further informing this developing area of research, practice, and policy. The findings and policy and program suggestions offered in this synthesis are based primarily on research published during the last 20 years. Author: Creasie Finney Hairston, Ph.D.
Download Report (PDF)

Please visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation for more information.

New Items on NRCCFI's Reading Room

New items have been added to NRCCFI's Reading List. Please visit our Reading List.

Job Opportunity in the Field

New job opportunity in the field.  Please direct all questions and applications to the hiring agency.

Agency:US Dream Academy
Position:Director of Program Quality and Evaluation  

Click here for the job description

New Access to Mentoring Services for Children with Incarcerated Parents

The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated has partnered with MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership on Caregiver's Choice, an exciting new program of the Federal Mentoring Children of Prisoner’s Initiative.
Caregiver's Choice provides unique access to mentoring services for children with incarcerated parents by addressing two key challenges caregivers face in the search for a mentoring program: quality and capacity. All the programs in Caregiver's Choice must be approved, trained to understand the needs of children and families of the incarcerated and demonstrate the capacity and commitment to provide mentors in a reasonable time frame.  Caregivers can feel comfortable choosing a program based on their needs, knowing all the programs meet standards for safety and quality.

Caregivers receive a voucher for 1 year of free mentoring services for their child(ren) with an incarcerated parent and information about approved mentoring programs  in their area. Then, the choice is theirs!

For more information or to obtain a voucher, Caregiver's can call 1-877-333-CHOICE (877-333-2764), or visit Caregiver's Choice or email

To become an approved agency, organizations must apply, be screened and then receive training for delivering mentoring services.  For more information about the program please call 1-877-333-CHOICE (877-333-2764), visit Caregiver's Choice, email or download the one page program brochure (PDF).

NRCCFI/FCN Presents at CWLA's Annual Conference

On February 27, 2008 NRCCFI/FCN presented at the Child Welfare League of America’s Annual Conference.  The super session was entitled The Bill of Rights for Children of the Incarcerated: A Framework for Policy and PracticeClick here to learn about the presenters and view select presentations.

Special announcement:
The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated (NRCCFI) is a new program at FCN built on the work of the former CWLA
Federal Resource Center for Children of Prisoners.  NRCCFI will gather and disseminate information and link people with others that are living with or working on the impact of incarceration on children and families [learn more...]


What's New

The administrative office of FCN has  moved to 93 Old York Road Suite 1#510, Jenkintown, PA 19046. You can reach us by phone at 215 576-1110 or by fax to 215 576-1815.
Children's Bill of Rights see their website 

Storybook Projects provide children of incarcerated parents the gift of a book and the voices of their parents on tape reading the book.

Women's Poetry Collected by Sue Stauffacher, author of the new novel, Harry Sue (Random House). Sue's writing workshops with women who have been separated from their children due to imprisonment or neglect as a result of their drug use, have resulted in heartbreaking poems and letters.
TRAINING  - Working with children of prisoners and their families

Mentoring Children of Prisoners - Resources

Children of Prisoners Library 19 free pamphlets for people serving children of prisoners and their caregivers. Download master copies and duplicate as many as you want.

Responding to Children and Families of Prisoners: A Community Guide. A great start-up book and training resource.

Family and Corrections Network (FCN) is an organization for and about families of prisoners. We offer information, training and technical assistance on children of prisoners, parenting programs for prisoners, prison visiting, incarcerated fathers and mothers, hospitality programs, keeping in touch, returning to the community, the impact of the justice system on families, and prison marriage. With over 150,000 visitors a year, this site is the gateway to practice, policy and research on families of prisoners.

Family and Corrections Network (FCN) publishes FCN REPORT, the only national publication devoted to families of prisoners.

Reading Room

Questions & Answers

The Wall...where we tell it like it is.

Links to Related Sites


FCN's address is 93 Old York Road Suite 1#510, Jenkintown, PA 19046. 215 576-1110 phone, 215 576-1815 fax.


More about: Family and Corrections Network, its mission, history and board of directors.


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