15,000 Miami-Dade County children have parents in jail or in state
or Federal prisons -- parents whose actions have left their children
with a confusing and uncertain example of what it means to be an
adult. Incarceration has severe unseen consequences for families and
shows that children of incarcerated parents are much more likely
than other children to become delinquent and to engage in antisocial
of this program are:
identify the children of inmates in need of support, assess their
needs and link them with the appropriate service organizations.
strengthen the bonds between children and their caregivers,
including the incarcerated parent(s) when appropriate and between
the children and their service providers.
mitigate childhood trauma cause by arrest of parents and other
significant caregivers by engaging law enforcement, social services
and the public in understanding the needs of children.
increase the likelihood of successful reunification with
incarcerated parents and/or parents who are re-entering the family
and community after serving their sentences.
community awareness and knowledge through advocacy about children of
inmates and their needs.
* For more information about this program, please call 1-877-KIDS
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