Children of Incarcerated Parents

CIP HOTLINE: 928-527-1800 or 1-800-MYFlagAC

Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIPs) carry many burdens often unrecognized by communities and providers.

Did you know that almost 2 million children in the United States have a parent that is incarcerated? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that children of incarcerated parents are more likely face other adverse childhood experiences, including witnessing violence in their communities or directly in their household or exposure to drug and alcohol abuse. In order to improve the outcomes of these children, the federal government and Sesame Workshop have teamed up to provide resources.

Sesame Workshop’s “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” Campaign and the Children of Incarcerated Parents Federal Working Group have release materials to teach better coping skills and increase access to helpful resources to lessen the trauma children face when a parent is incarcerated.

Sesame Workshop’s newest initiative, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration provides free bilingual (English/Spanish) multimedia tools for families with young children (ages 3–8) who have an incarcerated parent, including A Guide for Parents and Caregivers, a Children’s Storybook, and a new Sesame Street video; an Incarcerated Parent Tip Sheet; and the Sesame Street: Incarceration mobile app, and more, all at

The Children of Incarcerated Parents Federal Work Group worked with partners across the federal government, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to identify opportunities to support these children and their caregivers. The group developed a toolkit for child welfare agencies, federal prisons and residential reentry centers to address issues faced by incarcerated parents. This Fact Sheet describes the efforts of the interagency group.

The Children in Foster Care with Parents in Federal Prison Toolkit includes:

· Answers to questions frequently asked by social workers and prison and residential reentry center staff

· Definitions of terms used by the various agencies

· Timelines for important events that affect parents and children

· Contact information for State Child Welfare Agencies

· Additional Resources that would be helpful for parents and staff

For additional resources, visit Find Youth Info’s Children of Incarcerated Parents Page.

To learn more about the Children of Incarcerated Parents initiative, read about the June 12 White House event honoring 12 community leaders who work to ensure that innocent children do not suffer as a consequence of adult decisions: Champions of Change.

CCC&Y has worked closely with Coconino County Juvenile Court (CCJC) and the Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP) Task Force to spread awareness about the special needs of CIPs and their families.
A full report compiled by this task force is available in the following documents:


Many thanks to Raising Up Grand Children for their hard work in putting this report together.
For more information, visit Raising Up Grand Children online.

The CIP Task Force has put together a comprehensive CIP Caregiver Resource Guide which lists all of the resources in Coconino County which specifically address CIPs and their families and caregivers.
Be sure to read and share this incredible resource with those who may find it useful.
Additional resources can be found online:

The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children
The Dougy Center

and Compassion Books is a valuable resource for books, audio, DVDs and other materials

Additional information provided by Pima Prevention Partnership (PPP) can be found HERE

and in the following documents:
Activity Packet
Care Givers Guide (English)
Care Givers Guide (Spanish)

Grandfamily Discussion Groups:
Raising Up GRANDchildren offers peer led, monthly educational discussion groups for grandparents raising grandchildren and relatives raising relatives’ children. Topics include loss and attachment, legal issues, available community resources, and other relevant issues facing extended family caregivers.

Selna & Associates Real Estate Office
20 E. State Route 89A Barb Andre
928-639-4335 5:30-7:00pm
2nd Tuesday of
every month Light snacks provided.

Coconino Cooperative Extension Office
2304 N. Third St. Jan Newton
Program Coordinator 928-774-1868,
ext. 150 10:00am – noon
Last Tuesday of every month Potluck refreshments.
Sorry, no childcare.

WACOG office
208 N. 4th St. Chris Meisenheimer
or Cat at WACOG
928-753-6257 1:00-2:30 pm
1st Wednesday of every month No Childcare provided.

Miller Valley Elementary School
900 Iron Springs Rd. Gladys Kastrup
928-443-0495 (home) 5:30-7:00pm
First Monday of every month Light refreshments, call to reserve childcare

Church of the Red Rocks, 54 Bowstring
(off Hwy 179) Dr. Bob Wheaton
928-204-1924 or
Joyce Zamazanuk
928-282-1099 10:00-11:30 am
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month Light snacks provided, Inquire about childcare.

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Children of Incarcerated Parents November 10, 2013