City Voices April 2007: Children of the Incarcerated

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One school social worker calls it the ‘taboo subject’ that can deeply affect a child’s ability to learn: the incarceration of a parent. As prison and jail populations soar, so too does the number of schoolchildren who must deal with the emotional trauma of a parent’s imprisonment. How widespread is the problem? What can schools do to help these children? Guests: Sarah Karp, associate editor of Catalyst; Deidra Wilson, Sankofa Safe Child Initiative