This report summarizes both the research and stakeholder input shared during the Listening Session on Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents held in Washington, DC in September 2013. The session was organized by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in partnership with the White House Domestic Policy Council and Office of Public Engagement and included more than 40 participants. Participants included those from relevant government agencies and departments, individuals recognized by the White House in June 2013 as Champions of Change for Children of Incarcerated Parents, representatives from mentoring organizations and other programs with experience serving children with incarcerated parents and their families, and youth who were current or previous participants in two of the mentoring programs, along with their mentors and family members. The organization of the report largely follows the agenda of the Listening Session. It begins with brief overviews of research on children of incarcerated parents, as well as mentoring programs and relationships for youth in general and for children with incarcerated parents specifically. The most important features of mentoring relationships in the lives of children with incarcerated parents are then discussed and specific areas of program infrastructure and practice as they pertain to effectively mentoring this population are explored. Finally, next steps for making high-quality mentoring available to children of incarcerated parents are explained and recommendations are made. Numerous references.
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