The Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children in the Child Welfare System.

This reflective and interactive training provides child welfare professionals with an opportunity to increase their knowledge, awareness and skills in responding to the children of incarcerated parents in the child welfare system.

After attending this training, participants will be able to:

  • Examine assumptions, beliefs and questions that are common to human services professionals working with children and families of the incarcerated
  • Discuss strategies for combatting the conspiracy of silence and for building trust in this population
  • Identify key statistics about children with incarcerated parents
  • Understand the impact of parental incarceration on each developmental stage of childhood
  • Discuss temperament and family dynamics as these concepts relate to children and incarcerated parents
  • Identify common feelings of children of the incarcerated
  • Identify the stages in the criminal justice process and the corresponding impact on children
  • Understand the Adverse Childhood Experiences as they relate to children in the child welfare system that have incarcerated parents
  • Apply theories of attachment, trauma and resilience to children of incarcerated parents
  • Identify strategies for engaging incarcerated parents in child welfare caseloads as well as for supporting parent-child relationships.
  • Discuss cases and apply course learning to case planning, counseling and communicating with children, their parents and their caregivers

Using reflection, data, case scenarios and application activities—and with a particular focus on case planning challenges—participants will learn how to best support the child, engage incarcerated parents and maintain parent-child contact under these challenging circumstances.

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