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NCJ Number: 244576 Find in a Library
Title: Children of Incarcerated Parents: An Action Plan for Federal Policymakers
Author(s): Jessica Nickel; Crystal Garland; Leah Kane
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 58
Sponsoring Agency: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Baltimore, MD 21202
Council of State Governments Justice Ctr
New York, NY 10005
Open Society Institute
New York, NY 10019
Sale Source: Council of State Governments Justice Ctr
100 Wall Street
20th Floor
New York, NY 10005
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents information on developing an action plan for meeting the needs of children with incarcerated parents.
Abstract: This report from the Council of State Governments Justice Center presents information on developing an action plan aimed at meeting the needs of children of incarcerated parents. The action plan is designed for use by Federal leaders and policymakers as well as officials at the State and local level who wish to improve policies for dealing with children of incarcerated parents. The report highlights the unique challenges and needs of these children based on the latest research findings and supporting statistics. Each section in the report is organized in a similar manner: a concise statement of the problem, including barriers to improved responses; potential responses with examples from the field; and a set of policy recommendations. The first section of the report presents an overview of the status of children of incarcerated parents as well as a review of current research. The next seven sections cover the following topics: Coordination across Service Systems; Responses to Children during a Parent’s Arrest; Parent-Child Interactions within Correctional Systems; Support for Kinship Caregivers of Children Whose Parents are Incarcerated; Foster Care and Permanence; Child Support; and State and Federal Benefits and Income Support. It is hoped that the recommendations contained in this guide will provide policymakers with a broad spectrum of consensus-based policy options for improving the outcomes for children of incarcerated parents. References
Main Term(s): Children of incarcerated offenders
Index Term(s): Child development; Child Health and Welfare; Child welfare; Children at risk; Needs assessment; Parent-Child Relations
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