Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Parent In Prison More Common Than Childhood Autism

Having a parent in prison is more common than childhood autism in the United States. That detail was part of a briefing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where a report was also released that shares experiences and challenges for children whose mothers are in prison. Beth Lovell is the director of Family Strengthening at Volunteers of America – which coordinates programs to help those she calls "innocent bystanders.".
 
The U.S. Justice Department estimates 1.75 million children age 18 and younger currently have a parent in prison, including more than 20-thousand in Arizona. Millions more have been affected at some point in their lives, and most are children from low-income African-American and Latino families.

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