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Children of Imprisoned Parents

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1. Parental incarceration can be associated with which of the following?

A. Unstable housing situations

B. School behavior and performance problems

C. Social stigma

D. All of the above


FAQs for social workers managing cases of children in foster care with parents in federal prison

2. Child welfare offices should contact the incarcerated parent’s case manager at the federal prison where the offender is housed.

A. True

B. False


3. Child welfare social workers should discourage parents from participating in court hearings and administrative reviews, as this could interfere with the decision making about their child’s options.

A. True

B. False


4. As part of reentry programming, federal prisons offer parenting programs which teach skills the parents can use to connect with their children while in prison, and include strategies that parents can use with their children after release.

A. True

B. False


5. Incarcerated parents can participate in all of the following programs that will assist with reunification and demonstrate to the court that they are motivated to reunify with their child, except for:

A. Substance abuse treatment

B. Parenting classes

C. Anger management

D. Psychological counseling


6. Child welfare social workers can ask what sort of programming is offered and how the child welfare system can reinforce the desired goals and outcomes for parents and children.

A. True

B. False


7. Child Welfare social workers should work with case managers in prisons to make sure:

A. Arrangements and authorizations have been obtained in advance to facilitate visiting.

B. Special calling arrangements for participation in court hearings or other case related procedures, as well as ensuring other communication venues are consistent with security procedures.

C. Normal operations are in effect on the day of the incarcerated parent’s scheduled activities.

D. All of the above.


FAQs for unit teams working with parents with children in foster care

8. The child welfare social worker should always wait for the incarcerated parent to make contact, even if the parent is in danger of losing his or her parental rights.

A. True

B. False


9. Incarcerated parents automatically lose their parental rights because they are incarcerated and must go through the proper steps to regain these rights once released.

A. True

B. False


10. Every state requires the child welfare agency to file a petition asking the court to terminate parental rights in certain circumstances, including each of the following situation, except for:

A. When a parent has committed murder or voluntary manslaughter of another child of the parent.

B. Committed a felony assault that resulted in serious bodily injury to the child or another child of the parent.

C. When a parent is incarcerated for participating in child pornography.

D. Sometimes when a child has been in foster care for 15 of the most recent 22 months.


11. Each of the following are true with regards to a case plan, except for:

A. The child welfare social worker must develop a case plan with the parent(s) or guardian(s) that identifies the needs of the child and family, and lays out what needs to happen before a parent can reunify with his or her child.

B. The case plan identifies what supports and services the child and family need.

C. The child welfare social worker should develop the case plan on their own and then review the case plan with the incarcerated parent.

D. The case plan may identify actions the parent needs to take while incarcerated, such as completing substance abuse treatment or finding stable housing.


FAQs for staff in residential reentry centers (RRC) helping parents with children in foster care

12. Those working with the incarcerated parent should inform them of which of the following ways that they can make reunification with their child easier?

A. Maintain open lines of communication with the child(ren) throughout the incarceration and during the transitional release period.

B. Have visits with children as regularly as possible and stay involved in meetings and court hearings.

C. Participate in child and family therapy and receive on-going support after release.

D. All of the above.


Glossary of terms used by Child Welfare and Federal Bureau of Prisons

13. Case managers are responsible for ensuring that kinship placements (when a child lives with a relative) made formally through the child welfare agency are safe, and kin families receive necessary services.

A. True

B. False


14. Each of the following relate to the case plan, except for:

A. It is a “living” document that outlines the outcomes, goals, and tasks necessary to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of a child in foster care.

B. It should be updated after each two-month periodic review and whenever a child changes foster care placements.

C. It describes the services provided and the tasks that the family needs to complete for the child to remain or return to the household.

D. It is the roadmap and timeline for achieving safety, permanency, and well-being for a child.


15. A child in foster care is determined to have achieved permanency when which of the following occurs?

A. The child is discharged from foster care to reunite with his or her family, either a parent or another relative.

B. The child is discharged from foster care to a legally finalized adoption.

C. The child is discharged from foster care to the care of a legal guardian.

D. Any of the above.


Reentry Myth Busters!

16. Which of the following is not an exception to the federal child welfare law that requires child welfare agencies to initiate Termination of Parental Rights if a child is in foster care for 15 out of the most recent 22 months?

A. The child will reach the age of 18 before the incarcerated parent is planned to be released from prison.

B. The child is being cared for by a relative.

C. The state agency has documented in the case plan a compelling reason that filing such a petition would not be in the best interest of the child.

D. The state has not provided to the child’s family the required services necessary for the safe return of the child to the home.


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