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CCIP Client Publications

The Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents offers a variety of original publications for clients.  These items are available through the CCIP Clearinghouse and include:

  • Information for Families, a CCIP brochure
  • The Booklist for Children of Prisoners
  • The CCIP Family Contracts Package
  • What About the Kids?  An Information Sheet for Arrested Parents
  • Selecting a Temporary Caregiver for Your Child
  • When Incarcerated Parents Lose Contract with Their Children

These items are available free to clients by mail. For more information, you may write or email the Center at:

The Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents
P.O. Box 41-286
Eagle Rock, California 90041
Email: ccip@earthlink.net

 

 

The Clearinghouse Project

The CCIP Clearinghouse maintains a collection of over 3500 documentary and audiovisual items relating to families in the criminal justice system.

The Clearinghouse offers two catalogs: one for incarcerated parents and their families, who may receive ordered items free of charge, and one for all other users who are charged the cost of shipping and handling. The Clearinghouse catalogs list items written and published by CCIP, as well as items from the popular, scholarly and program literatures. Items for which CCIP holds distribution rights—including original CCIP, Prison MATCH and Phase ReEntry Program documents and tapes—may be ordered in any quantity at their original price but may not be duplicated without written permission from CCIP. The Clearinghouse distributes only single reproductions of all other items.

Although new items are regularly added to the catalog, the Clearinghouse collection includes literally thousands of items which have not been cataloged. Users may access uncataloged items by requesting a search; searches for single topic and multiple topic requests are conducted by staff for a fee.   Information about searches of the Clearinghouse collection can be obtained by writing or emailing us.

All catalog and search proceeds go toward maintenance of the Clearinghouse and the subsidy of free materials for prisoners and their families. The Clearinghouse is supported solely through income earned by these sales.

Download the CCIP Clearinghouse Catalog

 

CCIP Clearinghouse Catalog – (144k/PDF).

Items from the Clearinghouse collection are also available prepaid by mail. For more information, you may write or email the Center at:

The Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents
P.O. Box 41-286
Eagle Rock, California 90041
Email: ccip@earthlink.net

CCIP Research

The Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents has conducted 11 major research projects since it opened in 1989. These include the following completed studies:

Jailed Mothers Project (1990-91)
A team of 4 formerly incarcerated mothers interviewed all 114 mothers jailed at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside County, California. Fourteen of the mothers refused to participate in the study. The 100 mothers studied had a total of 228 children between the ages of birth and 32 years. Demographics, criminal justice history, family history, personal history, intergenerational trauma and incarceration histories, and re-entry problems were examined. Published in Children of Incarcerated Parents (1995).

The Children of Offenders Study (1992)
A total of 58 children of criminal offenders who were receiving school-based therapeutic services were studied. Investigators examined child demographics, developmental history, health history, academic history, family configurations, family criminal justice history, school behavior and performance, and involvement in maladaptive behaviors. Excerpts published in Children of Incarcerated Parents (1995).

Parent-Child Prison Visitation (1993)
In cooperation with a California Department of Corrections visitor hospitality agency, adults supervising a total of 240 children who were visiting adults at 6 California prisons were surveyed. The study examined the children’s prior relationship to the parent they were visiting and child behavioral reactions to the visits. Published in Children of Incarcerated Parents (1995).

The Therapeutic Intervention Project (1993)
The Children of Offenders Study (1992, above) was extended into a longitudinal format in 1993. A total of 212 children were included in this portion of the study.

Child Custody Advocacy Services for Incarcerated Parents (1994)
Demographics and needs of 660 incarcerated parents, and services provided by the Center’s Child Custody Advocacy Services [CHICAS] Project from January 1, 1990 through December 31, 1994 were reported in this study. This study was published in The Prison Journal (April, 1995).

Jail Visiting Environments (1995)
Fifty eight of 85 (68.2%) jail facilities in the state of California were examined by survey, including 87.5% of “mega” facilities, 40% of large and medium facilities and 33% of small facilities. Respondents were asked to report on types of visitation offered and to describe barrier visiting area environments, including types of barriers, communication devices, visitor counters and seating, other furnishings, decoration and modifications of waiting and/or visiting areas for use by children. Visual surveys were also conducted at 14 (24.1%) of the responding facilities. This study was published in Children’s Environments (March, 1995).

Children of Criminal Offenders I (1996)
This report represented an update on a longitudinal study of 626 children of currently and formerly incarcerated parents.

The following research was recently completed or is still in progress:

Children of Criminal Offenders & Foster Care, I (1999-2000)
A total of 68 children in long-term foster care with a private child welfare agency were studied. Investigators interviewed children and their foster caregivers, examining child demographics, family configurations, development, school performance, maladaptive behaviors, traumatic experiences, family involvement in the criminal justice system and the foster care experience. Children of criminal offenders were compared to other children in long-term foster care.

Children of Criminal Offenders II (2000)
A total of 210 randomly-selected public school children and their parents/caregivers were interviewed in this study. Investigators examined child demographics, family configurations, child developmental history, school performance, maladaptive behaviors, traumatic experiences, family involvement in the criminal justice system and the foster care experience. Children of criminal offenders were compared to other children. This study will be published in 2001.

National Survey of Residential, Mother-Child Correctional Programs (2000-01)
Thirteen of the 16 U.S. prison nurseries and community mother-child facilities which house women prisoners and their infants or young children in the were surveyed in the first national study of these programs. This study will be published in 2001.

Children of Criminal Offenders & Foster Care II (2001-02)
This study replicates the Children of Criminal Offenders & Foster Care I Study but is being conducted in a public child welfare system among children in all classes of foster care. Two chronologic cohorts of 210 children each will be examined.