Providing tools to assess the needs of Florida's children and their families.

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The Burden of Incarceration on Florida Families

New report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation reveals that Florida has the third largest number of children who have experienced parental incarceration

According to a new report just released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 312,000 of Florida’s children have experienced the separation of a parent due to incarceration. In A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities, the Casey Foundation offers commonsense steps officials can take to address the increased poverty and stress that children of incarcerated parents experience – which research shows can have as much impact on their well-being as abuse or domestic violence.

In Florida, 34.4% of its 99,485 inmates reported having 64,848 minor children as of December 2015. Male inmates constituted 89.0% of the inmates who reported having minor children. Only 15.8% of inmates reported that their children lived in the same county or an adjacent county, limiting the opportunities for in-person visits. 

Whether you have an incarcerated parent or not, all children need to be cared for and supported in their development by responsible adults, caring professionals, and others in their communities. But it is especially important to address the needs of children with imprisoned parents by educating the caring adults in their lives about the experience of having a parent who is imprisoned. There are roles for all involved, whether we provide better support and education to the communities from which the inmates come so their children’s development is better supported, whether geography is considered in sentencing so that families remain close by or by providing job and housing assistance to parents when they reenter their communities so that they can better provide for their families.

Report and Materials

The report recommends policies and practices that put the needs of children of incarcerated parents first. It calls on correctional systems, communities and state and local public agencies to help stabilize families and to help preserve family ties during incarceration — and to assist families in successfully moving forward once parents come home. View report and related information below.

Florida Resources

National Resources

Scholarship Information

According to NRCCFI, the third most common request is for information on scholarships for children with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated parents (CIPs). Currently, scholarships specifically to CIPs can be viewed here.
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