Addressing the Needs of Children when a Parent is Incarcerated

A hammer and gavel, representing Justice.

The Dallas Morning News reports on the immediate and long term needs of these children whose parents are imprisoned in an article detailing the story of one family affected by a mother’s incarceration. As discussed in the article entitled "Overlooked," these issues have gained attention in recent years, yet many agencies still do not have the policies and procedures in place to effectively protect these children. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice recommended that police and jailers take steps to ensure children are kept safe when a parent is taken into custody. In 2015, the OJP Diagnostic Center contributed to this ongoing discussion by publishing “First, Do No Harm.” This resource highlights model practices for law enforcement when arresting parents in the presence of children.