Dependent Children of Incarcerated Parents
The Dependent Children of Incarcerated Parents Workgroup, commissioned by the Pennsylvania State Roundtable was formally launched in September 2011 to develop recommendations about engagement of incarcerated parents in case planning, coordination and delivery of services, visitation, and hearing participation.
The Dependent Children of Incarcerated Parents Workgroup defines its purpose though the overarching principle that, under the law, “Incarcerated parents have the same rights, as those parents who are not incarcerated... to fully participate in the court process, to fully participate in case planning, to require the agency to make reasonable effort towards reunification, and to have visitation and contact with their children.” The Workgroup is chaired by the Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark, Administrative Judge Family Division, Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. Workgroup members include a variety of respected experts representing multiple disciplines including: courts, child welfare, corrections, parole and the legal community. In addition, the Workgroup is fortunate to have both a youth and parent as part of its membership. Click here for a complete listing of Workgroup members.
Each year, the Workgroup provides a detailed report and recommendations to the State Roundtable. To view the Dependent Children of Incarcerated Parents Workgroup State Roundtable Annual Reports, click here.
Other helpful links:
U.S. Government Accountability Office Report on Foster Care Children with Incarcerated Parents
2011 PA Joint State Government Commission's Report "The Effects of Parental Incarceration on Children: Needs and Responsive Services"