“Keeping families together keeps our communities safer and more supported”
The Incarcerated Parents Project (IPP) works with families, allies, lawyers, and community advocates in order to reduce the overall chances of family separation due to parental incarceration in Washington State.
Within the child welfare system, incarcerated parents are almost twice as likely as other parents to lose their children. This is largely due to significant barriers in accessing social services, meaningful visits with their children, and effective legal representation. Also, within the criminal justice system, parents facing incarceration are at risk of losing attachments and connections with their children due to systemic barriers to maintaining those attachments and connections.
Separating families is devastating to children, their incarcerated parents, and our communities. In contrast, family reunification is linked to reduced recidivism, greater family stability, and improved emotional response for children. No parent should face the punishment of losing a child simply because he or she is incarcerated.
In order to address the unique needs of families facing and coping with incarceration and to help individuals preserve relationships with their children, the Incarcerated Parents Project (IPP):
- Provides case assistance, legal resources, and training to practitioners;
- Provides legal resource and referral information to formerly and currently incarcerated parents, their family members and their community advocates; and
- Provides training to other stakeholders and pursues policy reforms to reduce the overall chances of family separation due to parental incarceration in Washington State.
We envision a criminal justice system that values family and community connections and eliminates harms incurred by children, parents, families, and communities without relying upon imprisonment; and a child welfare system that values family and community connections and eliminates harms incurred by children, parents, families, and communities without relying upon the destruction of parent-child relationships.
The Incarcerated Parents Project is a collaboration between the Washington Defender Association (WDA) and Seattle University School of Law (SU) with the support of the University of Washington Law School (UW) and the Washington State Office of Public Defense (State OPD).
Incarcerated Parents Project Lead Attorney
If you need IPP case assistance, please contact D’Adre, here:
Telephone: (206) 623-4321