Casey Family Programs Children of Incarcerated Parents Brief

Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care in the United States, just released a brief titled "What should child protection agencies consider when working with children whose parent or primary caregiver is incarcerated?"

The foundation points out that "this issue brief concerns the well-being of children whose parent or primary caregiver is incarcerated at any point while the child is involved with the child welfare system. This should not be taken to imply that incarceration should necessitate an open child welfare case. In most cases, when a parent or primary caregiver is incarcerated, children can and should be safely cared for by other family members, without additional family separation or involvement of the child welfare system. The child protection agency should support ongoing visits and engagement with the parent or primary caregiver who is incarcerated."

The brief can be found here, and will also be available for attendees to download during the Children of Incarcerated Parents National Conference in April/May.