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Family Law Issues

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Pre-incarceration Planning

Individuals facing incarceration should make legal arrangements for their child's care while they are incarcerated. The best option will depend on individual circumstances, and consultation with a family law attorney is recommended. Individuals facing short-term incarceration, can sign a "power of attorney" to give someone the power to make decisions for their children while incarcerated. Individuals facing longer term incarceration may need to make more permanent arrangements, like a guardianship, to ensure that the children do not end up in foster care.

Kinship Care Packet

Self-help packet for parents to authorize family members to provide care for their children.

Parental Rights Terminations

CLASP Fact Sheet: Keeping Families Connected: Helping Incarcerated Parents Stay Involved with Their Children

The report contains an introduction with background information on parents with criminal records, and chapters on employment, public benefits, housing, child welfare, student loans, and immigration. These chapters feature stories of ex-offenders who have confronted these barriers, illustrating the inequities of these collateral consequences.

Sample Brief Where Parental Rights Being Terminated Based on Incarceration

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