black women

Mass incarceration of single mothers is putting thousands of kids into foster care

By  |  358 Comments

April V. Taylor

More than 1 million women are under the control of the criminal justice system through incarceration, probation, or parole.  The number of women who are incarcerated is increasing at almost double the rate of men with many of them having a history of sexual violence, drug dependence, and/or poverty.  Many of these women are non-violent offenders who have been swept up in the war on drugs, and their families become collateral damage.  These facts all underscore how the American criminal justice system is choosing to punish instead of heal, and the effects of this approach are devastating communities across the country.

A recent article points out that nearly two-thirds of incarcerated women have children under the age of 18, and many of these women are single parents.  Although most incarcerated men are fathers, being in prison has a disproportionately tragic effect on women as incarcerated mothers are five times more likely to have their children placed in foster care than incarcerated fathers.

One of the ways the war on drugs exacerbates this situation is that mandatory harsh sentencing laws cause many mothers to have their parental rights terminated while incarcerated.  Termination of parental rights is due in large part to the 1997 federal Adoption and Safe Families Act that requires social workers to begin termination proceedings to end parental rights of parents whose children have been in foster care for 15 out of the previous 22 months.  Once parental rights are terminated, parents no longer have any legal right to their children and are not allowed to contact them.

One incarcerated mother states, “As the clock ticked away, I remained in constant fear wondering which monthly visit would be our last.”

While some states have passed legislation to mitigate the circumstances many incarcerated women face when it comes to their children, more must be done.  Our families and communities cannot continue to be left with motherless children by a failed war on drugs and a system that does not do enough to prevent the precursors of violence and poverty that precede many women’s involvement with the criminal justice system.


  1. Phionix

    June 9, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    We as people need to get educated about this new form of slavery stealing our children. Get your children a legal guardian so if something happens to you the STATE will not be able to PIMP your children especially if you are a single mother, even if you are not you still need a will stating who will raise your children if something tragic happens.Put it on paper people and get a judge to sign it, it doesn’t cost much and you can do it yourself. If you don’t have family name some trustworthy friends, what happened to GOD PARENTS??? You also have a lot of couples that can not have children who wants them ,find some and have them bond with your child(ren)make them GOD PARENTS- Legal Guardians.( perform a back ground check). Also did you know that if you leave your child or children with your parents and do not give to them in writing to make medical decisions in case of sickness or injury the hospital will not allow them to make any decisions for them>PROTECT YOUR MOST VALUABLE ASSETS!!

  2. Pingback: Order Viagra Online

  3. Pingback: best erection pills

  4. Pingback: ed medication

  5. Pingback: erectile dysfunction pills

  6. Pingback: generic cialis online

  7. Pingback: canada pharmacy

  8. Pingback: walmart pharmacy

  9. Pingback: Buy cialis

  10. Pingback: Cialis in usa

  11. Pingback: vardenafil dosage

  12. Pingback: vardenafil 20mg

  13. Pingback: vardenafil coupon

  14. Pingback: best online casino for money

  15. Pingback: betfair casino online

  16. Pingback: viagra online usa

  17. Pingback: online casino real money usa

  18. Pingback: online casinos for usa players

  19. Pingback: cialis buy cialis

  20. Pingback: cash loans

  21. Pingback: payday loans

  22. Pingback: cash loan

  23. Pingback: viagra for sale

  24. Pingback: cialis 5 mg

  25. Pingback: buy cialis

  26. Pingback: is online casino gambling legal in florida

  27. Pingback: CafeCasino

  28. Pingback: cialis 5 mg

  29. Pingback: generic for cialis

  30. Pingback: 20 cialis

  31. Pingback: viagra generic

  32. Pingback: casino online real money

  33. Pingback: chumba casino

  34. Pingback: best online casino for money

  35. Pingback: viagra cost

  36. Pingback: discount viagra

  37. Pingback: viagra online prescription free

  38. Pingback: buy real viagra online

  39. Pingback: viagra online usa

  40. Pingback: cialis coupon

  41. Pingback: buy cialis online

  42. Pingback: buy viagra canada

  43. Pingback: purchase viagra

  44. Pingback: viagra prices without insurance

  45. Pingback: buy cialis generic online

  46. Pingback: viagra pills

  47. Pingback: cialis generic date

  48. Pingback: generic viagra for sale

  49. Pingback: cialis buy cialis

  50. Pingback: online casino real money usa

  51. Pingback: online casino games real money

  52. Pingback: viagra for men

  53. Pingback: buy viagra from uk

  54. Pingback: can i buy viagra with out a doctors

  55. Pingback: cialis no prescription

  56. Pingback: buy viagra online usa

  57. Pingback: generic cialis cheap canada

  58. Pingback: viagra buy

  59. Pingback:

  60. Pingback: viagra prescription

  61. Pingback: cheapest generic viagra uk

  62. Pingback: generic viagra online pharmacy

  63. Pingback: celebrex 200mg uk

  64. Pingback: celexa for sale

  65. Pingback: claritin price

  66. Pingback: buy viagra online without script

  67. Pingback: jackpot party casino

  68. Pingback: legitimate online slots for money

  69. Pingback: RxTrustPharm

  70. Pingback: good to go car insurance quotes

  71. Pingback: online car insurance quotes

  72. Pingback: commercial car insurance quotes companies

  73. Pingback: short term payday loans

  74. Pingback: Female viagra

  75. Pingback: prescription drugs that cause ed

  76. Pingback: viagra for sale in the uk

  77. Pingback: what do viagra pills look like

  78. Pingback: how long does it take for tamsulosin to start working

  79. Pingback: cbd in marijuana

  80. Pingback: viagra canada

  81. Pingback: affordable essay writing service

  82. Pingback: write essay for money

  83. Pingback: motivation for homework

  84. Pingback: hire essay writer

  85. Pingback: how to write argumentative essays

  86. Pingback: cleocin united kingdom

  87. Pingback: clomid 50mg pharmacy

  88. Pingback: Buy online viagra

  89. Pingback: colchicine tablets

  90. Pingback: Canada viagra

  91. Pingback: what schedule is viagra

  92. Pingback: coumadin 2 mg canada

  93. Pingback: cozaar 25mg otc

  94. Pingback: cymbalta cost

  95. Pingback: depakote 125mg prices

  96. Pingback: diltiazem online pharmacy

  97. Pingback: Viagra medication

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *