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November 2000Vol. 1, No. 7Working With Children and Families Separated by Incarceration: A Handbook for Child Welfare Agencie

Wright, L. E.; Seymour, C. B. Child Welfare League of America Press. 2000. 143 pages. $18.95

More than 1.9 million children in the U.S. have a parent in prison or have had a parent in prison at some point in their lives. They have been separated from their parents and often placed in the child welfare system. The authors' goals for this handbook are to:

  • Make the child welfare community aware of the needs of children whose parents are incarcerated
  • Inform child welfare agency organizations and caseworkers of the need for policies and programs that respond to these children's needs
  • Emphasize the importance of agency collaboration to help children and families separated by incarceration
  • Provide suggestions for improving case management and permanency planning for children with parents in prison
  • Encourage caseworkers to use this opportunity to assess at-risk children and families, identify broader family issues, and engage in comprehensive intervention.

This publication is a product of CWLA's Children With Parents in Prison Initiative, accessible online at:

Limited complimentary copies available. To order, contact:
Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
P.O. Box 2019
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701-2019
Phone: 800-407-6273
Fax: 301-206-9789