An Educational Video for Judges and Legal Professionals

Dependent Children of Incarcerated Parents: An Educational Video for Judges and Legal Professionals is designed to educate judges and legal professionals on the issues faced by dependent children who have an incarcerated parent.  The video aims to demonstrate that although unique challenges exist for this population of foster youth, with individualized case planning, strong advocacy, and judicial oversight, many of these challenges and barriers can be overcome.

The video is divided into five chapters and can be viewed in its entirety or by individual chapter.  The chapters include information on confronting biases, trauma, role of the judicial officer, visitation and permanency planning.  Also included is a discussion guide that accompanies the video designed to assist the viewing audience with thought provoking questions on the subject matter.

The video also includes a Public Service Announcement – Message to Incarcerated Parents: Protect Your Rights.  The message is given by the Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark, Allegheny County Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas, Family Division.   

Click here to get the Protect Your Rights Document designed to give information to Pennsylvania incarcerated parents who have a child in foster care.