What Happens to Children of Incarcerated Parents?

Today the number of children of incarcerated parents is staggering. It is estimated that over 5 million children in the U.S. have had parents who are or were incarcerated at some time during their childhood. In Cook County studies have shown that up to 10% of children in the city have parents who are or were incarcerated at some point in their childhood. Having a parent who is in jail or prison can affect a child in many different ways. Lurie Children’s Hospital published an article in July 2018 discussing the health implications of children having parents who are incarcerated. Many studies have been published on the impact an incarcerated parent can have on children’s school performance and a child’s emotional and behavioral health.

Protecting a Child’s Rights When a Parent is Incarcerated

When the Custodial Parent is Incarcerated

Determining the Best Interest of the Child

Appointment of a Guardian Ad Litem

Appointment of a Child Representative

Appointment of an Attorney for the Child

Parenting Time and Children Visiting an Incarcerated Parent

Child Support and the Incarcerated Parent

Reunification Therapy After Parent is Released from Jail

Organizations Helping Children of Incarcerated

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway: www.childwelfare.gov
  • Youth.gov
  • Illinois Department of Human Services
  • The Women’s Treatment Center

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