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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 is Affected by Parental Incarceration?

1 in 6 Minnesota youth has experienced parental incarceration.

Forum Videos

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

Collaborative Goals

  1. Collect, analyze, and explore additional data needs and collection methodologies.
  2. Create and implement a communication and training plan.
  3. Develop recommendations for policies and practices as they relate to improved family engagement.
  4. Map policies and practices that need change and develop recommendations.

Download Collaborative brochure

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