Providing services to children and families impacted by incarceration is a primary area of focus for Local Management Board's across Maryland in order to address the Governor's strategic goals. According to the Governor's Office for Children, "rates of incarceration have risen dramatically since 1980, both nationally and in Maryland. As the number of incarcerated adults increases, so do the number of children and families impacted by its effects. It is estimated that on any given day, approximately 90,000 children in Maryland have a parent under some form of correctional supervision – parole, probation, jail or prison.
The impact of incarceration on children and families includes family instability, higher rates of child welfare involvement, and post-traumatic effects such as hyper vigilance, feelings of despair and powerlessness, and poor academic outcomes. The goal of reducing the impact of incarceration requires focusing on proven strategies for improving economic stability and future economic success for the children and families of the incarcerated"
For additional resources from the Governor's Office for Children and Families, please visit their website.
In FY 18, with funding from the Governor's Office for Children, the Frederick County Office for Children and Families began to fund the "Reducing the Impact of Incarceration on Children and Families through Education and Coaching" program operated by the Frederick County Mental Health Association. This program provides direct services to incarcerated parents, caregivers and children of incarcerated parents.
For more information, please contact: Barbara May, Mental Health Association at 301-663-0011