Policy Issues Confronting Children of Incarcerated Parents
Please go to www.sfcipp.org and read the Bill of Rights for Children of Incarcerated Parents for a policy framework to improve the security and well-being of these children and families.
These rights are derived directly from interviews with the children and indicate the direction policy-makers should be considering when legislation concerning corrections and children, TANF programs for relative caregivers, law enforcement protocols and training, support for the children, ranging from light-weight interventions to full interventions to prevent further traumatizing of these children by ill-conceived policies.
Current Legislative Initiative of Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind for the 2017 General Assembly follow:
*Legislation to clarify the responsibilities of the DHS Division of Children and Family Services of Arkansas Human Services to incarcerated parent with children in foster care: HB 2104 pending before being voted in the House and Senate. Sponsored by Rep. Vivian Flowers (D-Pine Bluff)