Special considerations abound when social workers work with incarcerated parents. Mitigating trauma, understanding legal issues and maintaining communication require practical protocols detailed in this child welfare guide.
A Primer for Social Workers
How to navigate the law enforcement system and engage with imprisoned parents.
What steps to take to mitigate childhood trauma for kids with locked-up parents.
Why early engagement with parents in prison can prevent parental rights violations.
The ins and outs of handling immigration, deportation and detainee issues.
What additional resources are available for social workers helping imprisoned parents.
Most parents are not "career" criminals and continue to act as parents while behind bars.
Early engagement with incarcerated parents improves the prevention of foster care for the children.
Besides reducing trauma to the children, kinship care represents a major cost savings to counties.
The excessive number of minority children in the child welfare system parallels the excessive number of minority adults in the criminal justice system