About 1.7 million youth in the U.S. have at least one parent in prison. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the number of parents held in prisons has risen 79 percent from 1991-2007.
We promote youth and family well-being by strengthening systems so children, youth and families—especially those in tough circumstances—can thrive. We work within and foster collaboration across systems–mental health/substance abuse, juvenile justice, child welfare, health and education–strengthening their capacity to use evidence–based strategies. Using research and data, we plan, transform and evaluate policies and practices and design new studies to measure impact and generate new knowledge. We engage stakeholders and consumers, enabling their voices to shape the policies and services that affect them.