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Experiences of youth service providers that work with children of incarcerated parents

Axelson, A., Kelleher, K., Chisolm D., and Boch, S. 2020. “‘How Do I Help This Kid Adjust to What Real Life Is for Them?’: Youth Service Providers Experiences on Supporting Children with Incarcerated Parents.” Children and Youth Services Review 110: 104802. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  One in every fourteen American children have parents […]

Mentor helping up a mentee. Mentoring, youth mentoring. Helping hand.

How we can make mentoring programs better for the children of incarcerated parents

Stump, K. N., Kupersmidt, J. B., Stelter, R. L. and Rhodes, J. E. (2018), Mentoring Program Enhancements Supporting Effective Mentoring of Children of Incarcerated Parents. Am J Community Psychol, 62: 163-174. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12250 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although children of incarcerated parents (COIP) are in danger of facing negative outcomes, being in mentoring […]

Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents: State of the Research

Written by Matthew Hagler Since 1970, the incarceration rate in the U.S. has quadrupled, resulting in more than 1 in every 100 U.S. adults being in jail or prison, the highest per capita rate in the world. Strikingly, the majority of adult prisoners are parents of minors, and these children are said to the be […]

Mentoring for Children of Incarcerated Parents – National Mentoring Resource Center Review

Group Review Board G. Roger Jarjoura, Ph.D. (American Institutes for Research) National Mentoring Resource Center This review examines research on mentoring for children of incarcerated parents. The review is organized around four questions:  (1) What is the demonstrated effectiveness of mentoring for children of incarcerated parents? (2) What factors condition or shape the effectiveness of mentoring for […]

Why Children With Parents in Prison Are Especially Burdened

Editor’s note. This article, which was originally posted in the Atlantic Monthly, describes both the psychological toll of parental incarceration, the results of two new reports, and the types of programs that have been developed to redress this issue. Clearly, youth mentoring has a vital role to play.  While mass incarceration in America came to […]

The other side of incarceration: What happens to children left behind?

By Kelsey Warner (Christian Science Monitor) One in 14 American children have experienced a parent serving time, according to a new study by Child Trends. For black children, the rate is even higher – one in nine. Sue Ogrocki/AP New data sheds light on another population enduring the high rate of mass incarceration in the United […]

New study suggests that prison cycle is tough to break for teens

Posted by Jared Wadley-Michigan  Jailed teens whose parents have a history of incarceration are unlikely to be successful without outside intervention. For a new study published in the Journal of Poverty, researchers examined the extent to which various risk factors experienced by youths in eight juvenile and adult correctional facilities in Michigan are related to […]

Mentoring Youth of Incarcerated Parents: My Experience Volunteering at Big Brothers Big Sisters

Associate editor’s Note: The following article by Dr. Tim Cavell was originally published on The Huffington Post and is republished with permission of the author. In the recent past, The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring has published content exploring how children of incarcerated parents can benefit from a caring adult mentor. We learned from The Rev. Dr. W. […]

Empowering Our Young People, and Stemming the Collateral Damage of Incarceration

Editor’s note: On Oct. 8, my colleagues (Megan Blondin and Kristen Truffa from MANY; Janis Kupersmidt from iRT) and I had the rare opportunity to attend a meeting at the White House in which officials announced efforts to improve the lives of children of incarcerated parents, including our new grant to provide and evaluate training enhancements to […]

Amachi Texas completes a randomized controlled trial–with impressive results

By Richard A. Lewis, Director, Federal Compliance and Project Management, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America In Texas, the Amachi program was established in 2006 as a public-private partnership and joint initiative of the Office of the Governor, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Texas Education Agency, OneStar Foundation, and all Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) […]