Advocates and Officials Press Case for Overhauling Key Adoption and Child Welfare Law
Advocates, representatives and former child welfare officials say it's time to change a 1990s-era federal law that incentivized adoptions.
Calling for Reform, President Obama Notes the Impact of Incarceration on Families
Research shows that “people of color are more likely to be stopped, frisked, questioned, charged and detained,” and while African Americans and Latinos make up 30 percent of the U.S. population, they make up 60 percent of its inmates. One of the consequences is that around one million fathers are behind bars, and around one in nine African-American children has a parent in prison.
Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Synthesis of Research and a September 2013 Listening Session
About 1.7 million youth in the U.S. have at least one parent in prison. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the number of parents held in prisons has risen 79 percent from 1991-2007.