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Keywords:

  • Pregnant prisoners;
  • Children of prisoners;
  • Incarcerated parents;
  • Services for families in jails or prisons;
  • Intergenerational incarceration

“Services for Children of Incarcerated Parents” provides an overview of the history, design and outcomes of human service programs provided for children of prisoners in the United States. The article examines services based in correctional settings and services sited in the community, using examples from the core programs and projects conducted by the Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents from 1990 through 2010. An analysis of the utility of specific services to children and families, and the effectiveness of those services in improving child outcomes is provided.