Child Support and Incarcerated Parents

on Tuesday - October 30, 2012.

One of the many challenges people face upon release from prison is accumulated child support debt. The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement recently published a fact sheet titled "Realistic Child Support Orders for Incarcerated Parents" that highlights "opportunities to encourage incarcerated parents to engage with the child support system, to reduce or suspend orders during incarceration to avoid arrears, and to offer post-incarceration child support services."

The Realistic Child Support Orders for Incarcerated Parents fact sheet is available here

In addition, the National Reentry Resource Center recently interviewed OCSE Senior Program Analyst, Adrienne Noti, about  child support and incarcerated parents.

The Q&A from the Adrienne Noti interview can be found here. 

The Lancaster County Domestic Relations office provides answers to frequently asked questions about child support here

 

 

National Reentry Resource Center FAQ's on Families Involved in Criminal Justice System

on Tuesday - September 04, 2012.

A new set of questions and answers about families and communities involved in the criminal justice system has been published by the National Reentry Resource Center.

Among their findings:

* an estimated 1.7 million children in the US have a parent in prison

* at least 50% of all incarcerated persons in the US have children at home who are under the age of 18

The NRRC also highlights research that shows reduced risk of recidivism for people who maintain healthy contact with their families during their incarceration.

In addition, maintaining strong relationships with family while incarcerated and after release can also result in better outcomes in finding a job after release.

Because of the evidence of better outcomes for those who maintain strong family connections, the NRRC suggests that reentry initiatives address "community and family engagement of people reentering communities through comprehensive reentry planning and coordinating transitional services."

The NRRC FAQ "describes current research, challenges to reentry and family reunification, and best practices for improving reentry outcomes, including examples of effective programs and policies that support successful reentry. The FAQ is meant to be a "living" document that will be updated as new information becomes available."

See: Frequently Asked Questions about Communities and Families Involved with the Criminal Justice System

Resources for Returning Citizens and Their Families

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Tuesday - August 28, 2012.

The Lancaster County RMO is pleased to offer these resources for returning citizens and their families, as well as for professionals and others who work with them:

Self Sufficiency Reference Guide: a guide to social service agencies, supportive services, free community meals, and other resources that can be helpful to individuals and families in the areas of housing, transportation, financial matters, parenting, health care, mental health, food, clothing, employment, education and other areas. Published in partnership with United Way of Lancaster County

How to Explain Jails and Prisons to Children: A Caregivers Guide - this guide provides tips for caregivers and parents to answer children's questions about having a parent in prison or jail, how to support the child and the incarcerated parent, tips for visitation and letter writing between parent and child, and other essential information to support families through this difficult situation. Published in partnership with Children of Incarcerated Parents Network of Lancaster County.

Job Search Checklist: a guide to the essential steps involved in searching for employment, especially for those who may have little to no prior employment experience. Produced by the Employment Action Team of the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness.

Job Search Checklist - Forms of Identification Required for Employment: Exhibit 1 of the Job Search Checklist

 

PA Report on Children of Incarcerated Parents – Part 5 - Recommendations: Reentry & Reunification

on Tuesday - August 14, 2012.

The "Effects of Parental Incarceration on Children" report examined and made recommendations in four key areas in which children are impacted:

Arrests and Judicial Proceedings

Caregiver and Support Services

Family and Corrections Interaction

Reentry and Reunification

Here are the committee's recommendations related to Reentry and Reunification:

PA Report on Children of Incarcerated Parents – Part 4 - Recommendations: Family and Corrections Interaction

on Thursday - August 09, 2012.

The "Effects of Parental Incarceration on Children" report examined and made recommendations in four key areas in which children are impacted:

Arrests and Judicial Proceedings

Caregiver and Support Services

Family and Corrections Interaction

Reentry and Reunification

Here are the committee's recommendations related to Family and Corrections Interaction: