Coordinating Council on Children with Incarcerated Parents (CCCwIP)
October is See Us, Support Us month! Take the Pledge to see and support children of incarcerated parents in your programs and services. A child’s sense of loss can be compounded when their sole caregiver who has custody is incarcerated, increasing the risk of family instability and the possibility that children may be placed in foster care. “See Us, Support Us” month -- a month-long campaign to increase visibility of children of incarcerated parents, to lessen the stigma they face and to help them succeed in life. For more info, click See Us, Support Us.
The Coordinating Council on Children with Incarcerated Parents (CC CwIP) brings together key state agencies, community-based organizations and individuals, including formerly incarcerated parents and family members of incarcerated parents, to improve the lives of children of incarcerated parents.
Under the leadership of the Osborne Association, and in partnership with the Council on Children and Families and the Division of Criminal Justice Services, the NY Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents addresses ways in which to improve practices to support children and families from the point of arrest to issues to pertaining to parent-child communication during incarceration and to family reunification. We welcome the input of formerly incarcerated parents and other family members.
For more information on taking care of a child who has a parent who is incarcerated, please contact:
- NYS Kinship Navigator —1-877-454-6463
- The Osborne Association—http://www.osborneny.org
Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents Roll Call Training Video: Albany, NY Police Department Highlighted
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) collaborated on the creation of the Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents Roll Call Training Video based on the IACP/BJA Model Policy. This short video (link is external) (16:42 minutes) is intended to introduce the Model Policy to law enforcement agencies. The Policy discusses the scope of the problem and challenges for responding officers, as well as outlines implementation strategies (from pre-arrest to booking to follow-up to ensure that impacted children are safeguarded). The video also includes interviews with law enforcement leaders, police officers, mental health practitioners, and children of arrested parents.
Children with Incarcerated Parents Resources
- A Call to Action: Safeguarding New York's Children of Incarcerated Parents from the Osborne Association
- Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights from the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership
- Children with Incarcerated Parents in New York States: A Data Analysis from the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services
- Children with Incarcerated Parents: A Journey of Children, Caregivers and Parents in New York State from the Council on Children and Families
- Having a Voice and a Choice from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services
- Children with Incarcerated Parents Infographic
- Be Sure Your Child is Cared for & Safe Posters for Law Enforcement
- Be Sure Youth Child is Cared for & Safe Pamphlets for Parents
- A Call to Action: Safeguarding New York's Children of Incarcerated Parents
- Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights
- Children of Incarcerated Parents in New York State: A Data Analysis
- Children with Incarcerated Parents Resources
- Know Your Options: Relatives Caring for Children
- Podcast for Law Enforcement Personnel