Where do children live during parental incarceration?
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When a father is incarcerated
- Most children live with their mothers (80-90%)
- Some children live with another relative, such as a grandparent (15%)
- A very small minority are in foster care (2%)
When a mother is incarcerated
- About half of children live with their grandparents
- Some children live with other relatives (e.g., aunt, older sibling, cousin) (20%)
- Some children live with their fathers (20%)
- Some children are placed in foster care (11%), although this typically occurs prior to the parent’s incarceration, not because of the parent’s incarceration
- This is 5 times more likely when a mother is incarcerated than when a father is incarcerated