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November 2006Vol. 7, No. 8Helping Children With Incarcerated Parents

Meeting the needs of children who are placed in foster care when a parent is incarcerated is the focus of a new report published by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. Rebuilding Families, Reclaiming Lives: State Obligations to Children in Foster Care and Their Incarcerated Parents looks at the unique challenges faced by families separated by incarceration and offers guidance to States in meeting the obligation to provide "reasonable efforts" to reunify families. The report emphasizes that preserving family relationships not only is important for the children of incarcerated parents, but it also has positive effects on parents' rehabilitation that can result in stronger families. Specific recommendations are provided for addressing these issues.

The report is available on the Brennan Center's website: