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Arizona ranks as the 4th highest incarceration state (Casey, 2017), with one in nine children in Arizona having one or both of their parents incarcerated. Parental incarceration is one of the ten ACEs listed by the CDC to adversely impact a child's socio-emotional development. Donate today to help lessen the stigma of incarceration through literature.
ASU Center for Child Well-Being has put together the following map which details the prisons (Federal, Public, Private, County & ICE detention centers) in addition to the surrounding schools and libraries. These are the areas of impact in the State of Arizona.
We need your help in these areas of impact. Partner with us to reduce the stigma of incarceration through literature.
ASU Center for Child Well-Being has compiled a book list containing 45 fiction books featuring justice-impacted children. Libraries and schools in many of these areas lack funds to purchase these books, and we need your help getting these books in the hands of those who need them most.
How can you help?
There are 2.7 million children in the United States with a parent who is incarcerated. In the state of Arizona, there are 96, 444. As the hosts of the National Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference, we have heard from those with lived experience that they want or wanted to know others were experiencing a similar situation. Through books, kids of all ages can see that other kids are dealing with the same feelings and emotions they are. Our goal for CIP 2020 is to get books focusing on Children with Incarcerated Parents in all libraries and school libraries across the state of Arizona, and hopefully help to spur that movement on nationwide. We have compiled a list of books focusing on Children with Incarcerated Parents at all ages and reading levels. We encourage you to download and share our list with your local libraries or state library associations.