When a Parent is Incarcerated

A Primer for Social Workers

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 1, 2011


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. 

Table of Contents

Key Takeaway

The number of kids with a jailed parent has increased by almost 80% since 1991.

Protecting kids when parents are arrested involves joint planning between child welfare and law enforcement.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations