• March 2012
  • Vol. 13, No. 2

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When a Parent Is Incarcerated

A new guide from the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides information for public child welfare agencies and caseworkers on working with incarcerated parents and their children. This primer aims to familiarize child welfare professionals with the impact of incarceration on children and provide child welfare and correctional systems with the information necessary to help improve permanency outcomes for children.

In 2007, 1 in 110 White children, 1 in 41 Hispanic children, and 1 in 15 African-American children had one or both parents incarcerated.
Chapters in the guide include:

  • Information on child welfare considerations regarding incarcerated parents
  • General information about the correctional system
  • Information on immigrant parents in deportation proceedings
  • Handouts on the importance of letter writing by incarcerated parents to their children and "Ten Tips for Kinship Caregivers of Children of Incarcerated Parents"
  • Additional resources

When a Parent Is Incarcerated: A Primer for Social Workers, by Yali Lincroft and Ken Borelli, is available on the Annie E. Casey Foundation website:



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