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Parental Incarceration

How to Avoid a "Death Sentence" for Families

By Tiffany Conway & Rutledge Q. Hudson

Parental incarceration has far-reaching implications for parents, their children, extended family members, and the community. Children placed in foster care when their parents are incarcerated face the prospect of having their parents’ rights terminated. Advocates representing incarcerated parents and their children should know the legal parameters of child welfare decisions and the “reasonable efforts” requirements of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997.

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