Audience Group


Nearly 24 million children have parents without full-time jobs, and many others earn too little to help their families flourish. We invest in finding ways to connect parents to economic opportunity so that the family can thrive.

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Giving Former Prisoners Positive Returns

Blog Post

Read the story of Rodney Evans, a former addict who got his life back on track with help from Project RETURN, a support program for ex-prisoners. The Casey Foundation supports reentry work through programs, policies and practices that improve the employment prospects of former prisoners in an effort to reduce recidivism, increase public safety and improve outcomes for children and families affected by incarceration.

June 20, 2011

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Broken Bonds

Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Children with Incarcerated Parents


Recent research indicates that parents in prison exert a unique influence on child outcomes. This literature review offers a synthesis of data and  makes recommendations for those involved in research, policy and service delivery for this population. 

February 10, 2008

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Ensuring Success for Children with Incarcerated Parents


This guide, produced by the Association of Small Foundations, spotlights what we know (and don't know) about parental incarceration. In four fast pages, it arms funders with key discussion points, resources and real-world options for supporting these vulnerable families and preserving the priceless parent-child bond—even when that parent is behind bars. 

November 1, 2008

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Children and Families with Incarcerated Parents

Exploring Development in the Field and Opportunities for Growth


In 2007, the Annie E. Casey Foundation convened two teams of experts to discuss parental incarceration and its impact on families. Beyond summarizing the key lessons from these sessions, this report also spells out what we still need to learn about the issue, where we can be doing more and how the Foundation has already invested in aiding these vulnerable children and families.  

January 1, 2008

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Indiana Results-Based Leadership

Helping Ex-Offenders Turn Their Lives Around in Marion County, Indiana


This report outlines the Marion County, Indiana Leadership in Action (LAP) program to reduce the rate of re-arrest by incarcerated people after they are released from prison or jail.

January 1, 2010

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Balancing Justice with Mercy

An Interfaith Guide for Creating Healing Communities

Practice Guide

This report presents the Healing Communities detailed model of prisoner reentry, where the time for engaging members of the congregation is any time from arrest through reintegration after a “returning citizen” returns home from prison.

October 1, 2008

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Reentry: Helping Former Prisoners Return to Communities

A Guide to Key Ideas, Effective Approaches, and TA Resources for Making Connections Cities and Site Teams


This report provides community-based, family strengthening solutions to meeting the needs of released prisoners and of the families whose spouses, parents or loved ones are involved in the criminal justice system. 

January 10, 2005

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