Research-To-Practice Brief

System Changes Could Improve Relationships between Incarcerated Mothers and Their Children

This brief describes a project highlighting the development and implementation of policies and practices aimed at reducing the impact of Illinois mothers’ incarceration on their children. From interviews with incarcerated mothers, researchers learned how incarceration creates barriers to parenting, and through interviews with program administrators and others, they discovered how programs across the U.S. are addressing these barriers. Ways to help incarcerated mothers maintain relationships with their children included supporting communication between mothers and children via mail or phone, improving visitation policies, and increasing support services’ availability.
Partner Resources
Family Strengthening
Supportive Services
Child Welfare
Special Populations
Incarcerated and Individuals with a Criminal Record
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