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 mothers with incarceration histories.

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.


Our Core Parnters

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
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Research and Resources

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