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:

Little Kids, Big Challenges: Incarceration, a Sesame Workshop Toolkit is available here, 

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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.