Practice Guide

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. 

January 1, 2011

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    How to navigate the law enforcement system and engage with imprisoned parents.

  2. 2

    What steps to take to mitigate childhood trauma for kids with locked-up parents.

  3. 3

    Why early engagement with parents in prison can prevent parental rights violations.

  4. 4

    The ins and outs of handling immigration, deportation and detainee issues.

  1. 5

    What additional resources are available for social workers helping imprisoned parents.

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