This fact sheet presents data on parents as prisoners, the affect this has on the children and how foster care plays a role.
Parental incarceration creates additional challenges for children and families.
Findings & Stats
Children of incarcerated mothers are 4 times more liked to stay in foster care than those whose moms are not locked up.
Black kids are 9 times more likely to have a parent in prison than white kids.
Most police forces don’t know what to do with kids when a parent is arrested.
Statements & Quotations
Despite widespread statements that children with incarcerated parents are many times more likely than other children to be incarcerated as adults, there is no reliable research evidence to support this assertion.
Many programs and services for children whose parents are incarcerated offer promise inmeeting some aspect of children’s needs, but have not been empirically validated as having either short- or long-term impacts on children’s well-being.
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