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Children with Incarcerated Parents - Considering Children's Outcomes in the Context of Complex Family Experiences

“This issue examines the needs of children with incarcerated parents. These children are often overlooked in our schools, clinics, and social service settings. As noted in many ways throughout the article, this is not a homogeneous group - the experiences of these children are varied and changing. Responding to their needs will require attention to their unique life circumstances” (p. 2). Articles contained in this publication are: “Research Summary” by Rebecca J. Shlafer discussing the effects of parental incarceration on children and families, and creating a framework to understand the impact of parental incarceration; and “Implications for Practice and Policy” by Erica Gerrity, Ebony Ruhland, and Marc Wheeler covering evidence informed practice, and the systematic collection of accurate data.