Minnesota Strengthening Families Affected by Incarceration Collaborative
Addressing the strengths and needs of families affected by incarceration in Minnesota
More than 5 million children in the U.S. have had a parent who lived with them go to jail or prison.
Incarceration often creates challenges for children and families at home, in school, and in their communities. The collaborative is working to inform and improve practices and policies that address the needs of children, caregivers, and incarcerated parents.
Using data from the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS), the collaborative examined who has an incarcerated parent and the affect on academic outcomes, chemical use, and mental health outcomes.
Youth Affected Parental Incarceration Infographics
Who Has an Incarcerated Parent in MinnesotaRead the report »
Academic Outcomes Among Youth With Incarcerated Parents in MinnesotaStudents who have experienced parental incarceration self-report lower attendance, more discipline issues, and lower grades than their peers. Read the report »
Chemical Use Among Youth With Incarcerated Parents in MinnesotaYouth with parents who are or have been incarcerated face more chemical health concerns than students who have not experienced parental incarceration. Read the report »
Mental Health Outcomes of Youth With an Incarcerated Parent in MinnesotaYouth who have experienced parental incarceration are more likely to report long-term mental health problems compared with youth who have no history of parental incarceration. Read the report »
Health and Health Care Utilization Among Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Parental Incarceration in MinnesotaCharacteristics of Minnesota youth who have experienced parental incarceration and homelessness. Read the report »
Who is Affected by Parental Incarceration?
1 in 6 Minnesota youth has experienced parental incarceration.
The collaborative hosted a series of forums for school staff, mental health workers, parents, caregivers, correctional facilities staff, and others who interact with youth. The forums included the research about mental health, chemical health, and school outcomes among youth affected by incarceration, as well as personal stories from those affected and the experiences of those working with youth.
More About the Collaborative
- Collect, analyze, and explore additional data needs and collection methodologies.
- Create and implement a communication and training plan.
- Develop recommendations for policies and practices as they relate to improved family engagement.
- Map policies and practices that need change and develop recommendations.