Children of Incarcerated Parents

Centering the children

The Place Matters team is working with our partners to raise awareness, examine research, and develop strategies to create a child-centered approach to reducing the harm and impact of parental incarceration in Maine. Research shows that there are thousands of children in Maine who have experienced the trauma of parental incarceration. We are working to lift up those voices of the children and the experiences of families who have been impacted by incarceration.

Children of Incarcerated Parents Strategy Network

We are building strategic alliances with community organizations, agency leaders, policymakers, and directly impacted individuals with the goals of ensuring safety and minimizing harm, improving belonging, keeping families connected, and centering the child’s voice. The network will work to develop strategies to improve policies, administrative practices, and community-based services, supports, and pathways to help families and children who have been impacted by parental incarceration thrive.


Research and Resources

The Place Matters team and our partners strive to use data and research to inform strategies and we also value the stories of those with lived experiences. We have published works that reflect these two core values and help to tell the story of the impact of parental incarceration in Maine and beyond. 

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Breaking the Cycle: Interrupting Generational Incarceration in Maine

A snapshot of data from the Maine Department of Corrections that provides a first of it’s kind look at the number of children in Maine who were impacted by parental incarceration between 2015 and 2020.

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What Are We Waiting For? A collection of poems and essays about family, love, loss, time, and hope

A collection that tells the stories of women and their families who have been impacted by incarceration in Maine and New York.

Our Core Partners

This work would not be possible without funding from the Bingham Program, the support of the Maine Department of Corrections and all of our core partners, thank you!

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UMA Prison Education Partnership