In response to the harmful effects of mass parental incarceration on children and their communities, Children of Incarcerated Caregivers (CIC) researches and disseminates information to policy makers, legal professionals, and community representatives to support the evidence-based creation of policies, laws, and programs that promote the best interests of the child in relation to parental or caregiver incarceration.
We provide legal professionals with resources to support systematic consideration of the best interests of the child during sentencing and other hearings including bond, probation violation, and parole hearings. We advocate for alternatives to separating children from parents or caregivers.
CIC collaborates with community partners and governmental agencies to support the development of alternatives to incarceration. CIC also brings together community partners to initiate and develop programs that mitigate harm to children impacted by incarceration.