What can HBCD teams do to support justice-involved families in research?
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- Listen and respond in a non-judgmental and compassionate way if you find out that a parent was or is experiencing involvement with the justice system
- If the parent becomes incarcerated, do not assume that the child is in foster care
- Reassure the person that their child can still participate
- It is possible that someone else can bring the child in for a study visit if they cannot do it themselves
- If a study participant is on community supervision, ask if there is anything you can do to help them participate
- Some parents ask for documentation that they are participating in a study but only do this with their written permission, as their participation is confidential
- Make sure that involvement in the study does not make them violate the conditions of their probation or parole (e.g., being in a room that does not allow an ankle bracelet to transmit a signal)
- Ask for support from your study navigator
- Connect with resources for justice-involved families in your area
- Become aware of your unconscious biases and interact with (and talk about) all children and families in a positive and supportive manner
- Remember to use a trauma-informed lens
- It’s about what happens to people, not what they’ve done
- Behavior is communication
- Seek out opportunities to further educate yourself about the issue