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Report: One in 14 Children Has Had Incarcerated Parent
USA Today – 10.27.15
According to a new report by Child Trends, one in 14 children in the U.S. has at least one parent behind bars. The report, to be released next week, also indicates that “when it comes to black children, the number who have an incarcerated parent rises to one in nine, and poor children are three times more likely to have had an incarcerated parent than children from higher income households.” David Murphey, report co-author and senior research scientist at Child Trends says “children who grow up with a parent in prison are more likely to suffer from poor mental and physical health in adulthood.” Murphey and the other researchers hope their report will shine a light on this issue and lead to improvements for families. The report specifically recommends “reducing the stigma tied to having a parent who is incarcerated, improving communications between children and incarcerated parents, and making prison visits less stressful for children by creating child-friendly visiting areas and relaxing security procedures for children.”
Teens Leaving Foster System May Lack Needed Mental Health Care
Reuters – 10.22.15
In many states children age out of the foster care system when they turn 18 or 21. A recent study by the University of Chicago finds that this transition can leave many youth temporarily without access to needed mental health care. Researchers surveyed over 700 foster youth in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, when they were in the foster care system and after they left. The study found that while more than half of participants were receiving behavioral health services while they were in the system, only a third of them continued to receive care after they aged-out. This study aims to highlight the challenges to accessing mental health services youth experience after they transition out of the foster care system–challenges that can be insurmountable for youth who must also secure stable housing and employment.
Foster Youth Museum Amplifies Youth Voices for Social Change
Chronicle of Social Change – 10.27.15
The Huffington Post – 10.26.15
9 Ways to Fight Mental Health Stigma
NAMI Blog – 10.26.15
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