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Strategies For Housing Professionals

  • Provide relevant and age appropriate guidance on the entire incarceration experience from arrest to reentry including:
    • What families and the incarcerated parent can expect at each stage in the process
    • Help finding job training
    • Help finding stable housing
  • Use communication methods like posters and post them everywhere
  • Advertise on websites frequented by youth (such as Pandora and Facebook)

Additionally, we have identified 11 strategies that apply across all professions:

  • Get to know us: we are not statistics; we are youth who come from different backgrounds and family circumstances
  • See us for who and what we are
  • Know yourself: be aware of the assumptions and biases that you may have about us
  • Let us know we can trust you. Be reliable and predictable. Listen without judgment
  • Respect our right to confidentiality
  • Help us to help each other by providing us with opportunities to gather together
  • Help us channel our emotions into making a positive change through advocacy
  • Honor our inner strength: don’t feel sorry for us
  • Involve youth of incarcerated parents and their families in decisions about programs, policies and practices
  • Agencies should understand the complexities of collaboration with and between other agencies (such as schools and corrections) because of confidentiality requirements
  • Create lists of available resources and make them accessible

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