About the CSSCFI

The Center for the Study and Support of Children and Families of the Incarcerated (CSSCFI) developed out of an awareness by scholars from Miami University and practitioners in the Butler/Warren Country areas of the growing number of children and families experiencing the incarceration of a parent and or parents in Ohio.

Based on data released by the Annie E. Casey foundation (2016) 271,000 children in Ohio have experienced some form of parental incarceration and on a national level, statistically, Ohio ranks number 4, behind Florida, Texas, and California in the number of children who have experienced parental incarceration.

The CSSCFI unites scholars and community partners from varied academic backgrounds to conduct
research on children with parents in the criminal justice system, and to advocate for the needs of
children of incarcerated parents and their caretakers.

Vision

Children, caregivers, and families impacted by incarceration thrive.

Mission

All children, caregivers, and families impacted by incarceration are recognized, valued,
and supported without stigmatizing or stereotyping through solution-focused, evidence-informed
research, practice, and pedagogy.

Goals

  • Advance research and scholarship on children, caregivers, and families affected by incarceration.
  • Identify local needs and barriers in order to develop resources for incarcerated and returning
    citizens, their children, caregivers, families, and professionals working with children, caregivers,
    and families affected by incarceration.
  • Assist our community partners in developing and evaluating mentoring and support programs for incarcerated and returning citizens and their children, caregivers, and families.
  • Advocate for policy change to create access to services, remove barriers, and reduce stereotypes and stigma toward incarcerated and returning citizens and their children, caregivers, and families.
  • Provide educational opportunities for Miami University graduate and undergraduate students to
    become knowledgeable about the impact of incarceration on children, caregivers, and families.
  • Educate the community about the research, stereotypes and stigma associated with incarceration.