The family is the most basic unit of our society. It is where individuals receive nurturing and nourishment that make them healthy individuals and productive citizens of our country. It is the government’s responsibility to ensure the welfare of its families especially at times when the families could not afford to meet the fundamental needs of its members like the case of our incarcerated women who are still serving their time in prison or those who are already done with their sentence. When families have a low income, it is difficult to make ends meet. They cannot provide for their members’ basic needs. The government makes policies to support and empower the functions performed by the families in the society. To do this, they have to address the root cause of the families’ problems, build their capacities and empower them so that they can be productive members of the society. Family impact analysis is a helpful tool that the government can use in the programs that they implement for families of incarcerated women. It will allow policy makers and program managers to know if the program has met its objectives. This will help them improve the delivery of their service to better cater to the needs of their intended recipients. They can examine its positive and negative effects on the stakeholders and use this information so that they can strategize their programs according to the actual needs of the participants. The Family Impact Checklist is an evidence-based approach that is used to evaluate how a program strengthens and supports participating families in their diverse needs across the lifespan. The checklist concerns the five basic principles of family responsibility, family stability, family relationships, family diversity, and family engagement. These principles work together to ensure the well-being of families. Through this, everyone is envisioned to live a good quality of life – from the material, psychological, social and spiritual domains of human experience. We want to ensure the overall well being of our incarcerated women and their families through the policies and programs that they implement.

How Can the Government Help Incarcerated Women and Their Families