Children of Incarcerated Parents

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

What is the purpose of this service?

To assist children and families with incarcerated family members. The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) has many services to help you and your family at this difficult time. DHS wants to make sure you know what those services are and how to get them.

What services are offered?

Who can receive these services?

The child or their caretaker may qualify for services.  Each service has different qualifications. You should speak with an IDHS professional to review your needs.

How to apply?

Eligibility for each service/program is determined individually. You may apply for some services online, at DHS offices or through our community partners. Use the links above to review the application process for each service/program.

More Information & Resources

  • Family and Corrections Network  The FC Network offers information, training and technical assistance on children of prisoners, parenting programs for prisoners, prison visiting, incarcerated fathers and mothers, etc. Of special interest are links to books to read with children of prisoners and an extensive listing of relevant programs for prisoners and their families. (
  • ScholarCHIPS (for Children of Incarcerated Parents)  Locating scholarships for children of incarcerated parents. ( 

DHS Publications

DHS Office Locator

DHS Help Line

  • 1-800-843-6154
  • 1-800-447-6404 TTY