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FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Parental incarceration and the disruption of family relationships can produce negative outcomes for children, including poverty, poor academic performance, aggression, depression, delinquency and substance abuse.   Incarcerated mothers and fathers are unable to work on parenting skills that may be necessary for reunification, and separation interferes with the ability of parent and child to form or maintain a strong attachment. There are Families in Crisis children programs such as Tomorrow’s Children, Nurturing Families and Arts Intervention which address the emotional and social health of children who are at-risk due to the incarceration of a parent.

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