Little Children, Big Challenges provides resources for families with young children (ages 3-8) as they encounter the difficult changes and transitions that come with a parent's incarceration.
In 2007, 1.7 million children had a parent in prison on any given day, and even more have experienced parentalincarceration at some point during their childhood. Parental incarceration can be associated with financial instability,unstable housing situations, school behavior and performance problems, and social stigma. Roughly 10% of incarcerated mothers in state prison have a child in a foster home or other state care. Some estimates indicate that as many as 1 in 8 children who are subjects of reports of maltreatment and investigated by child welfare agencies have parents who were recently…
This tip sheet provides specific guidelines for healthcare providers to start and facilitate conversations with parents and children on core relationship skills such as communication, conflict resolution, parenting, and financial literacy. (Author abstract)
Spending positive time with both parents promotes child well-being and is associated with better child support outcomes. Unmarried parents do not have systematic access to assistance in establishing parenting time orders, so stateand local child support programs have sought to address this service gap. This fact sheet highlights states and countiesthat coordinate the establishment of child support orders and parenting time agreements. Family violence safeguardsare always a critical component when addressing parenting time. (Author abstract)
OCSE recently launched Parenting Time Opportunities for Children, a pilot program to give child support agencies grants to develop, implement, and evaluate procedures to establish parenting time orders along with new child support orders. The goal is to learn more about how the child support program can safely and effectively give families opportunities to establish parenting time orders, thereby improving child well-being overall and related child support outcomes. This fact sheet introduces OCSE's Parenting Time Opportunities for Children grantees. (Author abstract)
Every man has a choice in determining what kind of father he will be. Government statistics report that 1 out of 3 males are reared without their biological father in the home. Reared himself by a single mother, Weathersby was determined to become the loving, caring husband and father he wished he had experienced while growing up. Journey to Fatherhood: Letter to My Unborn Child begins to break the cycle of absentee fatherhood. (Author abstract)
This profile finds a wide variation in the share of children living with two married biological parents. Approximately 59% of these children reside in half of the U.S.' states. Children living with two married biological parents comprise the largest share in the Western region (top 25%), while children residing in the Southern region comprise the smallest share (bottom 25%). (Author abstract)
The Collaborative has created this media campaign which consists of seven posters, a protective factors guide, and a new website in an effort to localize the messaging of the Strengthening Families Framework. The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework aims to develop and enhance the following five protective factors: (1) parental resilience; (2) social connections; (3) knowledge of parenting and child development; (4) concrete support in times of need; and (5) social and emotional competence of children.
Articles in this issue describe effective collaborations between social workers, parents, and teachers in their efforts to improve children's academic success and overall well-being.
This tip sheet introduces the Cooperative Extension System (CES) and offers practical tips on how extension specialists can help safety-net service providers in their efforts to strengthen families. (Author abstract)