Report Outlines Ways To Help Children Of Incarcerated Parents


A report on promising practices for improving outcomes for the more than 1.7 million children of incarcerated parents has been issued by the Council of State Governments Justice Center. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Open Society Institute, the publication reflects work of an advisory board of criminal justice and child welfare experts, representatives of community-based organizations, and a bipartisan group of state and local government officials.

Among more than 70 recommendations for federal policymakers: create federal interagency task forces and cross-system collaborations that address the risk factors of children of incarcerated parents and better link them to services; support new practices in the criminal justice system that address trauma associated with a parent’s arrest and their incarceration, which is often many miles from where a child is living; facilitate visitation when in the best interests of the child; and address federal and state measures that make it more difficult for caregivers to get benefits and support for these children.

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