Working with Children Who Have Incarcerated Parents
The purpose of this course is to provide social workers and other practitioners who interface with families involved in the criminal justice system with effective tools and resources to support families experiencing incarceration in federal, state, and local prisons in the United States using a strengths-based, multi-systems life course (MSLC) perspective.
The MSLC perspective is introduced as a useful framework for understanding the complexity of the multi-dimensional risks and protective assets affecting the lives of involuntary client populations, like families experiencing incarceration across time. Criminal justice and child welfare policies and practices are highlighted as they relate to children and families experiencing incarceration. Historical and contemporary disparities and opportunities are discussed in the course as they influence individual, family, and community engagement and responses to experiences of incarceration within and across the family life cycle. Relevant service considerations are identified at each stage of the incarceration process. The course examines incarceration considerations and best practices working with children in and out of foster care, incarcerated mothers and fathers parenting from prison, and the impact of incarceration on caregivers.