Incarcerated Parents

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When a parent is incarcerated, it’s hard on parents and children. Children still need the emotional and financial support of their parents.

For the noncustodial parent:

Managing the build up of child support debt can help parents successfully make regular payments after release. Find out how you can request an order modification in your state.

For the custodial parent:

Helping children understand what is happening in their family when a parent is in jail or prison is important. When family members talk with children about this experience, children can better address the concerns and stress they might feel.


Top Incarcerated Parents Resources

Youth.gov: Resources for Children Who Have an Incarcerated Parent

Link to youth.gov on incarcerated parents page

Guide to Changing a Child Support Order

A guide to help parents understand the child support review and modification process

State by State - How to Change a Child Support Order

Provides state-specific information on how to change a child support order

Realistic Child Support Orders for Incarcerated Parents

Highlights opportunities to encourage incarcerated parents to engage with the child support system

Jobs Not Jail

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Access to Justice Innovations

Profiles child support access to justice innovations including court facilitators, self-help hotlines, and online tools

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