In the US there is a growing number of women entering the prison system and the children and families who are affected. Some of the results of these increasing numbers may be children who are entered into the foster care system. The rate of women entering the prison system has increased 1.9% since 2001. 1 in 5 women entering prison system were brought up in foster care and more that 7 million children have parents in the prison system. Of these women in the prison system 75% are mothers and who have had a parent incarcerated. In 2010 408,425 children under 18 were in the foster care system. This is a nation wide problem that mostly affects low-income families; specifically women and children. Women entering the prison system are leaving children behind and creating unstable futures for their family. It is very important for these rates to be addressed because women are generally the caretakers in the modern family dynamic and crime, drugs and misuse of relationships are severing the bond of mother and child. If unstable mothers are raising children (or lack there of), the children’s futures are likely to follow in the same patterns. It is important to address these growing numbers in order to increase awareness, make social changes within the community of women and children, and end family patterns that occur throughout the US.
statistics referenced from: (http://www.fcnetwork.org/Resource%20Center/overview-statistics.htm), and (http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/foster.pdf)
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