TIMELINE

SFCIPP TIMELINE OF SIGNIFICANT EVENTS


2001
March

  • Inaugural meeting of SCFIPP was held on March 29, 2001 with representation from SF Human Services Agency, CBOs, California Research Bureau, SF Sherriff’s Department, UC Data, Stuart Foundation, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.


2002
January

  • Consultant hired by SFCIPP to conduct “What’s Currently Happening” Research Project of what is happening now in San Francisco regarding incarcerated moms and their children (identify current programs, gaps in services, barriers to fill gaps and a systems flowchart).

October

  • Idea for a Bill of Rights for Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill is hatched.


2003
November

  • Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights is launched.

  • Bill of Rights for Children of Incarcerated Parents is translated into Spanish.

December

  • SF Public Defender’s Office approaches Zellerbach with the idea of the Children of Incarcerated Parent’s Social Worker in the Office of the Public Defender.


2004
July

  • Public Defender’s Office hires a specialist to work on Children of Incarcerated Parents issues.

October

  • Center for Young Women’s Development Initiates development of Bill of Rights for Young Women in the SF Juvenile Hall.

  • AB 194 is passed allowing parents to make three phone calls at time of arrest to ensure their child(ren)’s safety.


2005
January

  • SFCIPP Part-time coordinator is hired.

  • Rights to Realities Campaign is launched.

July

  • SF Board of Supervisors passes a resolution endorsing the Bill of Rights and encourages City Agencies across SF to work together to implement the rights.

August

  • SFCIPP website is launched.

  • Time of Arrest Workgroup is organized based on the current research efforts being conducted by the California Research Bureau.

 

2006
January

  • Cuts in visiting at state prisons triggers SCFIPP to form a Visitation Workgroup focused on examining visiting policies and practices at the local level in the SF County Jail.

April

  • California Research Bureau hosts conference: Keeping Children Safe When Parents are Arrested: Local Law Enforcement Approaches That Work. 

  • First Youth Advocates were hired for Project WHAT! (We're Here and Talking).

  • The Center for Young Women’s Development produces the video My Life Chose Me.

July

  • A draft of the Time of Arrest Protocol is developed with the SF Police Department.

September

  • Visitation Workgroup begins discussions with the SF Sheriff’s Department about contact visiting between children and their parents

  • AB 1942 is passed requiring the statewide Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) to create guidelines and a training video on child safety at time of arrest.

 
2007
January

  • SF Police Chief signs city-wide Time of Arrest Protocol Bulletin.

May

  • SFCIPP hires consultant to act as liaison between SF Sherriff’s Office and FCS to improve visiting and implement consistent visiting policies.

July

  • Funding from Annie E. Casey Foundation allows development of a CIP Coordinator position at FCS.

  • Family to Family Consultant hired to work with FCS and SFCIPP to develop a toolkit to replicate HSA CIP project.

October

  • One Family Workgroup is established with representatives from SFSD, HSA, Public Defender’s Office, CBOs, and the Courts. Initial goal is to establish meaningful contact visits for children in all 9 facilities of SF County Jail.

  • Chowchilla Express begins operation to bring children from throughout the state to visit their moms at remote prisons in Central California (Chowchilla).

 
2008
September

  • Community Works’ One Family Visiting Program is launched.          

  • AB 2070 is passed increasing the time of reunification from 15 to 22 months if parent’s incarceration is a significant factor in child’s placement into the child welfare system.

December

  • SCFIPP begins conversations with the SF Adult Probation Department on a Family Impact Statement.

 
2009
May

  • Formal draft of questions for Probation Family Impact Statement is developed.

  • Joint Child Welfare/Police Department Time of Arrest Protocol Pilot trainings are conducted with two police precincts in San Francisco.

October

  • Project WHAT! hosts the first ever PW Summit for Children of Incarcerated Parents.

  • Family Impact Statement is formally incorporated into the SF Probation Department Pre-Sentence Report.

  • California State Senate passes resolution encouraging government agencies to distribute the CIP BOR and encourages departments to use the BOR as a framework for analysis and determination of procedures when making decisions about services for these children.

  • SFCIPP team travels to NYC to present its work to newly establish NY CIP partnership.

  • SB 118 is passed requiring social workers to include information about parental incarceration into the child welfare case management system. 

 

2010

January

  • SF Reentry Council establishes Subcommittee on Families, Communities and Victims with many representatives from SFCIPP.

February

  • SFCIPP launches blog page.

April

  • SFSD launches a bus shuttle service from city center to a remote SF County jail facility. 

May

  • SFCIPP team travels to Los Angeles to present its work to potential new LA CIP coalition.

June

  • SFCIPP creates program associate position to establish leadership role for CIP within coalition. 

September

  • SB 962 is passed authorizing incarcerated parents to attend dependency court hearings about their children by video conference.

 

2011

January

  • SFCIPP representatives begin work with Alameda County leaders to launch an ACCIPP (Alameda County Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership)

  • Alameda County formalizes Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership, based on the SFCIPP model. Solano and San Mateo Counties begin similar replication efforts.

  • SFCIPP launches Facebook page.

April

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation publishes When A Parent is Incarcerated: A Primer for Social Worker, a toolkit for social workers serving CIP, authored by SFCIPP member Yali Lincroft and based on SF FCS’ collaborative efforts with SFCIPP.

  • SF Reentry Council’s cites Bill of Rights in its statement of intent.

May

  • DCYF includes children of incarcerated parents in the community needs data collection.

June

  • SFCIPP begins tracking steep increase in inquiries from local constituents as well as other jurisdictions.

September

  • SFCIPP produces 10-year review of coalition efforts/ Rights to Realities Campaign.

October

  • Centerforce recognizes Zellerbach Family Foundation for its ground-breaking work on behalf of CIP, including its ongoing support of SFCIPP.


2012

January

  • SFCIPP begins tracking steep increase in inquiries from local constituents as well as other jurisdictions and in September we launch the SFCIPP Resource Page to keep up with the demand.

2013

June

  • SFCIPP founding member and (then) Coordinator, Nell Bernstein is honored by The White House as a “Champion of Change” and writes the blog, Invisible No More, for the White House website.

August
  • SFCIPP engages a consultant to assess our work and to help develop our strategic direction for the next 5 years.

2014
May
  • Police/Child Welfare Time of Arrest Protocol is Institutionalized –The San Francisco Police Commission unanimously voted to institutionalize the time of arrest protocol bulletin as a Department General Order (DGO) and collaborated with SFCIPP on a training video that is now used to help implement the protocol. The San Francisco protocol was used as a model for a legislatively mandated statewide effort to create a replicable protocol.

September
  • The first SFCIPP Steering Committee is formed in line with the Strategic Direction Plan to create a more cohesive leadership structure for SFCIPP moving forward.

October
  • SFCIPP and ACCIPP (Alameda County Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership) meet with The Office of the Inspector General —The goal of this introductory meeting was expose the CIP community to the role of the Inspector General in relation to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and to find ways to collaborate regarding the visiting needs of children and families of the incarcerated.

  • SFCIPP participates in distributing a brief survey to all individuals incarcerated within the San Francisco County Jail System. The main focus of the survey is to identify what are some of the effects to the children of having an incarcerated parent and what types of resources the children might need to maintain contact and/or relationships with their parents both during their parents’ incarceration and after release.
     

2015
July
  • New visiting protocols focused on improving the experience of children and families are codified throughout San Francisco Jails.

August
  • New SFCIPP part-time coordinator is hired.
     

2016
February
  • SFCIPP develops a policy working group and research working group based on the strategic plan and the interests and expertise of general membership.

March
  • San Francisco Unified School District passes resolution in support of staff training, curriculum and services to meet the needs of children with incarcerated parents in the SFUSD.

  • SFCIPP advocates for SB1157 to ensure contact visiting. The bill passes the legislature but is vetoed by Governor Brown.

July
  • SFCIPP launches new website and campaign to expand presence on social media platforms. 

December

  • SFCIPP partners with the Children’s Bureau, an Office of the Administration for Children and Families, to develop a 30-minute digital dialogue (webinar) for providers, administrators, and partners of child welfare agencies across the United States.

October

  • SFCIPP participates In the See Us, Support Us Campaign, a month-long online effort to increase the visibility of children of incarcerated parents.

2017

January

  • SFCIPP and ACCIPP meet with stakeholders to begin to develop an overall Bay Area wide CIP Sustainability Plan. Bay Area Children of Incarcerated Parents (BA CIPP) is formed.

June

  • SFCIPP partners with ACCIPP to create a BART time of arrest protocol and training.

October

  • SFCIPP Interim Coordinator travels to Oregon to provide technical assistance to a team of stakeholders as they plan the implementation of their Senate Bill 241, endorsing and sponsoring a task force dedicated to The Bill of Rights for Children of Incarcerated Parents.

  • New part-time SFCIPP Director is hired.

  • SFCIPP participates In the See Us, Support Us Campaign, a month-long online effort to increase the visibility of children of incarcerated parents.

2018
October

  • SFCIPP launches a Bill of Rights for Children of Detained Parents Campaign to declare and advocate for the human rights of children who have detained parents and particularly children who are separated, in the custody of government agencies.

  • The Bill of Rights for Children of Detained Parents is translated into Spanish and Chinese.

  • SFCIPP participates In the See Us, Support Us Campaign, a month-long online effort to increase the visibility of children of incarcerated parents.

November

  • The Bill of Rights for Children of Detained Parents is unanimously endorsed by the San Francisco Youth Commission.

2019

January

  • In collaboration with Project ​WHAT!, a Youth Advisory Committee is established to guide the work of SFCIPP.

March

  • SFCIPP launches a visiting storytelling campaign to gather stories about what visiting in jails and prisons is like for families. The stories are used to push for better policies regarding visiting in the Bay Area.

October

  • SFCIPP participates In the See Us, Support Us Campaign, a month-long online effort to increase the visibility of children of incarcerated parents.