Children of Imprisoned Parents

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CE Course Description

This CE course provides help with facilitating communication and cooperation between child welfare agencies and federal prisons so that parents can stay engaged in their children’s lives.  Explained in this course are common questions: social workers may have when managing cases of children with parents in federal prison; unit teams in federal prisons may have when working with incarcerated parents with children in foster care; and for those at residential reentry centers.  Also discussed is the incarceration process from arrest to release and the child welfare system’s process from initial report and the child’s placement in foster care to case planning and working towards a permanent solution.

Author:  Children in Foster Care with Parents in Federal Prison: A Toolkit for Child Welfare Agencies, Federal Prisons, and Residential Reentry Centers.  (2013, June).  Federal Interagency Working Group for Children of Incarcerated Parents.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Explain how the case plan should be written, who should be included in the process, and what items should be incorporated.

2.  Conclude in which situation every state requires the child welfare agency to file a petition asking the court to terminate parental rights.

3.  Describe how child welfare social workers should work with case managers in prisons to make sure proper arrangements are made for the parent to be involved in reunification with their child.

4.  Name three exceptions to the federal child welfare law that requires child welfare agencies to initiate Termination of Parental Rights.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  FAQ for Social Workers

a.  How can child welfare staff locate an incarcerated parent in federal prison?

b.  Who should the child welfare worker contact regarding a specific offender's case?

c.  Are there ways a parent of a child in foster care can work towards reunification with his or her child while still in prison?

d.  How does a federal prisoner communicate with his or her child in foster care?

e.  What should child welfare social workers keep in mind when case planning for a child whose parent is in federal prison?

f.  Who can the child welfare agency contact if they are interested in providing training and/or information to federal prison institutions?

2.  FAQs for Unit Teams

a.  What are ways to assist incarcerated parents who believe their child is in foster care?

b.  Do all inmates lose parental rights if their children are in the foster care system?

c.  When does a child welfare agency decide whether to ask the court to seek termination of parental rights?

d.  Is it appropriate to allow the incarcerated parent time to participate in dependency court hearings or administrative reviews?

e.  How does an inmate contact the child welfare agency in charge of his or her child's case?

f.  Will inmates be informed of court hearings regarding their child's welfare and termination of parental rights?

g.  What can incarcerated parents do to prepare for court hearings and administrative reviews?

h.  How can an inmate be reunified with his or her children after release?  What steps can he or she take to begin this process while incarcerated?

3.  FAQs for Residential Reentry Centers

a.  If a parent has a child in foster care, how can the parent locate the child welfare agency in charge of his or her child's case?

b.  If the parent has a child in foster care, what can the parent do to work toward reunification with his or her child?

c.  What can parents do to make reunification with children easier?

4.  Glossary of Commonly Used Terms

5.  Child Welfare Myth Buster

6.  Incarceration Timeline

7.  Child Welfare Timeline

8.  State Child Welfare Agency Contact Information



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is offered for this course for social workers (followed by ACE approval statement that is currently on every ACE course page) Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2020 – 01/03/2023.

To see other approvals in your state, see our state by state provider approval listings here.


CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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