According to a Pew Chartitable Trusts report, 1 in every 28 children in the United States has a parent behind bars. The problems these children can experience include financial instability, emotional distress, changes in family structure, problems at school, and social stigma.
The White House, the U.S. Department of Justice, OJJDP, and other federal agencies are working vigorously across many fronts to help young people
affected by a parent's incarceration access the supports and services they need. As part of this commitment,
on September 30, 2013, OJJDP organized a
"Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents,"
in partnership with
the White House's Domestic Policy
Council and Office of Public Engagement.