October 2004

Grant Results

SUMMARY

Starting in August 2002, the Family and Corrections Network created the Children of Prisoners Library for Health Care Providers, an online source of health-related information for health care providers serving children of prisoners and their caregivers.

Project staff wrote online pamphlets specifically for health care providers on the needs and best practices of treating children of prisoners.

The Family and Corrections Network is a volunteer organization that works to educate and empower families of prisoners.

Key Results

  • Project staff produced the following pamphlets:
    • Impact of Parental Incarceration
    • Challenges for Health Care Providers
    • Common Stress Points
    • Different Children/Different Behaviors
    • Strategies for Intervention
    • Tips for Fostering Trust & Safety
    • The Caregivers' Situation

Funding
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project with a grant of $30,000 from August 2002 to January 2004.

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THE PROBLEM

One in 40 children in the United States has a parent in prison, according to the Family and Corrections Network. Most of these children are from families in which substance abuse has been an issue, putting the children at high risk for substance abuse and other health risk behaviors of their own, according to the organization. Health care providers in a variety of settings are in frequent contact with these children, but often do not have specific training or information on how to help the children with their special needs.

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THE PROJECT

The goal of the project was to create a health care-focused subsection for the Children of Prisoners Library Web site, called the Children of Prisoners Library for Health Care Providers. The project staff wrote online pamphlets specifically for health care providers on the needs and best practices of treating children of prisoners. They produced the following pamphlets:

  • Impact of Parental Incarceration
  • Challenges for Health Care Providers
  • Common Stress Points
  • Different Children/Different Behaviors
  • Strategies for Intervention
  • Tips for Fostering Trust & Safety
  • The Caregivers' Situation

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AFTER THE GRANT

The project ended with the completion of the grant. As of July 2004, the Children of Prisoners Library for Health Care Providers was receiving approximately 270 visits per month.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

Creating an Internet-Based Library for Health Care Workers Serving Children of Prisoners and Their Caregivers

Grantee

Family and Corrections Network (Palmyra,  VA)

  • Amount: $ 30,000
    Dates: August 2002 to January 2004
    ID#:  045224

Contact

Jim Mustin
(434) 589-3036
fcn@fcnetwork.org

Web Site

http://www.fcnetwork.org/cpl/cplindex.html

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)

World Wide Web Sites

www.fcnetwork.org/cpl/cplindex.html. Provides information to health care providers treating children of prisoners, including information on common behavioral problems, stress points and strategies for intervention. Palmyra, Va.: Family and Corrections Network, 2003.

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Report prepared by: Linda Bernstein Jasper
Reviewed by: Richard Camer
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: M. Katherine Kraft