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Old 02-27-2017, 09:37 PM
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This author has investigated the challenge of getting children back out of foster care after a sentence. As I understand, there is an unfavorable Federal law and a bunch of different state laws. Some parents have resorted to taking parenting programs on the inside regardless of whether they need them, just to prove that they're working to maintain a parent-child bond.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/3...nite-with-kids

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It's all so sad.

My LO lost contact with 3 of his children due to a no contact order being placed. Reason being? Disinterest. His ex-wife refused to give the kids the letters he wrote. Wouldn't let him call. Wouldn't let them visit. Wouldn't let any family who might still communicate with him see the kids. The judge refused his request to be brought to court for the hearing, and his family couldn't afford an attorney. So now he's not allowed to contact them because he couldn't prove that he was trying to contact them because he wasn't represented in court. If his ex comes up with the money to terminate his rights he won't stand a chance. Because he hasn't had contact with them. A damn shame.

His other daughter is in foster care and his rights are up for termination soon. He gained custody of her when her mother went to prison. Then he went to prison. His ex wife kept her for a while and then dumped her at the CPS office. If he isn't out of prison by the hearing, the odds are he'll lose in court and the poor child will be completely parentless.

Everyone needs motivation to change. For a lot of inmates, it's family and people they care about. But the system is designed to destroy those bonds instead of strengthening them to reduce recedivism. So much of my LOs motivation to be better is knowing he has a chance to fight to see his children again. Had his wife had the funds to terminate his rights completely, I don't know if he'd have the same fight in him.
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I've found some impressively detailed advice about family law for incarcerated parents and how to keep custody.

If you don't live in the same state they're writing about, only a fraction will be useful.

http://www.prisonerswithchildren.org...nts-Manual.pdf is for California.

This one has a lot less information but it has an address for bar association referrals: http://www.livestrong.com/article/13...hts-when-jail/

This one is one of those rapid fire to-the-point things with a few details about what to do if foster care is involved:
https://www.reentry.net/ny/help/item...arental_Rights

http://www.livestrong.com/article/15...ustody-rights/ has a little information about visitation after release and about how courts think about things.

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