(PDF Download) Parents Behind Bars: Children of Incarcerated Family Members


If you have suddenly become the primary caregiver to your three grandchildren while their parents are in jail, charged with manufacturing drugs, this manual is for you. If you are a foster parent racking your brain for answers for the five-year-old crying at night for her Mommy who was sentenced for 10 years, this manual is for you. Perhaps law enforcement came to your home last week and arrested your boyfriend or husband in connection to a major crime, led him away in handcuffs in front of your screaming toddler, this manual is for you. If you are a teacher or a school counselor who knows that your student’s dad had been arrested last night, this toolkit may be helpful. You are among a unique group of caregivers and educators whose parents or other family members have been thrust into the criminal justice system for a few days, a year, a decade or maybe for life. You are in contact with these children who are in acute crisis who need answers when it seems as though none exist.

Idaho Criminal Justice Commission

Published: 2012 (42 pages)

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