On November 15 and 16, 2001, more than 50 researchers, policymakers, practitioners, corrections officials, and other specialists in the field of fathers and families gathered in Philadelphia, PA, to convene the National Center on Fathers and Families' (NCOFF) "Roundtable on Constructing and Coping with Incarceration and Family Re-Entry: Perspectives from the Field." The discussion at NCOFF's roundtable focused on four general topics: (1) "The Effects of Parent Incarceration on Child and Family Welfare"; (2) "Practical Dimensions of Father Incarceration and Re-Entry: Race, Legal Representation, and Family Policies"; (3) "Positioning the States: Intersections of Responsible Fathering, Family Support, and Correctional Systems"; and (4) "The Roles of Programs, Practice, and Communities in Supporting Fathers and Families Pre-, During, and Post-Imprisonment." This report synthesizes the discussion of the themes and their implications for policymaking, the directions they indicate for future research, and the lessons they impart for practice. The first section contains summaries of the research papers presented at the roundtable, interspersed with discussants' commentaries. The second section describes the current and emerging issues in father incarceration and re-entry that arose during the roundtable exchanges. The third section offers new directions for research. The fourth section explores the implications of the issues raised for policymaking. The final section describes lessons learned for practice. (Author abstract modified)
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