Abounding Needs: Children of Incarcerated Parents
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2. We can keep more parents out of the prison system and in the homes with their children by offering more alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders.
3. When incarceration is necessary, those who care for children with incarcerated parents
should be guaranteed financial assistance in providing for the basic needs of those children.
4. Children with incarcerated parents should be given periodic evaluations. Each state's child welfare department should track the children's emotional, physical and educational status. Free counseling services should be offered to the children and their caregivers.
The proposed parent-child visitation programs will allow all parents who have not been
convicted of crimes outlined by their state's Adoption and Safe Families mandates to visit with their children twice a week in a designated child-friendly atmosphere within the correctional facility. The visitation rooms should only be used for inmates participating in the visitation program. Inmates will be counseled on how to maintain and