Since our inception in 2007 in Miami, Children of Inmates has become one of the nation’s largest providers for children of incarcerated parents. In crossing criminal justice and social service systems, our collaborative has met many needs and concerns, such as:

  • Receiving more than 3,000 referrals from incarcerated parents and other sources to help children, and contacting many of those children to offer services.
  • Providing care coordination services to more than 2,500 children and their families.
  • Taking more than 2,500 children on more than 500 visits to see their incarcerated parents in Florida Department of Corrections institutions and the Miami-Dade County Jail system.

We’re changing lives

Our surveys show almost 90 percent of our children are experiencing stronger bonds with their imprisoned parents and caregivers — and more than 70 percent of the children are engaged in pro-social behaviors.

By providing wrap-around services, we are preventing or mitigating anti-social behaviors.

Through our multi-disciplinary collaboration, we will continue building support in Florida and across the nation for children whose lives have been upended by their parents’ incarceration.

Leveraging Public Funds

As a network, Children of Inmates has secured funds from Children’s Trust of Miami Dade, Florida Department of Corrections, and Florida Department of Children and Families to help children deal with instability, social stigma, and emotional trauma that otherwise would have diminished their future.

Because each agency in our group is part of a larger entity, we have been able to leverage separate funding received by individual organizations to benefit our entire network — and ultimately the children.

For example, one of our partners, Hope for Miami, had secured a $180,000 grant to provide mentoring services for at-risk youth. So it made sure to offer the benefits of mentoring to dozens of children in our network.

Savings for Corrections

Through the success of our Bonding Visits, the Secretary and Wardens in Florida Department of Corrections have found that we are creating cost savings for them, too.

When children visit their incarcerated parents, not only is the bond between child and parent strengthened, but the morale and attitude of the incarcerated parent improves as well.

The Wardens noted that inmates participating in our program were less likely to have disciplinary reports. That means, the prisons avoid expensive solitary confinement expenses including costs of correctional guards, special facilities, etc.

Based on estimates, Children of Inmates has saved taxpayers more than $80,000 in institutional housing costs over the years for the more than 750 inmates who have taken part in our program.