Advocates Call For More Resources To Help Kids With Incarcerated Parents

Apr 25, 2016

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

 New Hampshire Kids Count is calling for more resources to help children with incarcerated parents. 

The announcement comes in the wake of a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that finds few resources to help children deal with the emotional and financial issues with a parent in prison.

Amy Bourgault, interim director of New Hampshire Kids Count, says while New Hampshire has some resources that other states lack, there's also room for improvement.

"We are fortunate to have a Family Connections Center at the Department of Corrections," Bourgault says. "It's a family support program and it's been expanded, but it's mostly privately supported, they don't get much state support. But it does allow children who live farther away from their parents to visit their parents through the internet."

The Casey Foundation report says about 15,000 New Hampshire children have been separated from a parent due to incarceration.