Children in Care with Incarcerated Parents

The disruption of family relationships when parents are incarcerated can have a serious impact on children and youth, with consequences sometimes including temporary or permanent removal from the home. Although the number of children and youth placed in foster care as a result of their parent’s incarceration is not clearly identified through current data collection systems, estimates suggest that tens of thousands of young people in foster care may have incarcerated parents. Below are resources and information links about working with children in or at risk of entering out-of-home care whose parents are incarcerated

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