Goals and Objectives

Through its work, the New York Initiative strives to:

  • Bring together diverse stakeholders and perspectives to raise awareness and understanding of the impact of parental incarceration on children and families;
  • Sustain a network of individuals and organizations working to improve the lives of children of incarcerated parents;
  • Help create systems change and reform policies and practices that affect children of incarcerated parents by making recommendations and turning these into realities; 
  • Develop, expand, and advocate for programs that serve children with incarcerated parents; 
  • Collect and disseminate information, research, and available data relevant to children and families affected by incarceration;
  • Educate and train diverse professionals in the public and private sector working with children and families about the impact of parental incarceration;
  • Support children as they seek to maintain relationships with incarcerated parents, and process their parent's incarceration; 
  • Encourage and support young people with currently or formerly incarcerated parents to become leaders and advocates in the movement to transform their rights into their realities.