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Dr. Caroline Long Burry

“No One Asked About My Children”: Voices of Incarcerated Mothers

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“It’s an enormous social work issue because more than 2.5 million children in the US currently have a parent incarcerated. And it’s almost three times that many children in the US if you look at children who have parents anywhere in the criminal justice system that is probation, parole, community commitment of any kind, and incarcerations. Wherever we’re working or for those of us who teach, for wherever our students are in placement or will be working, we’re going to be working with some children or youngsters or adolescents who have incarcerated parents whether or not we are even in the child welfare or correctional areas of practice.”

Dr. Caroline Long Burry

A report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed that from 1991 to 2007 the number of incarcerated mothers increased by a startling one hundred and thirty-one percent. In this podcast, Dr. Caroline Long Burry discusses a pilot study she conducted with these parents with the hope of better understanding their parenting experiences. Also explored are the mothers’ attempts to negotiate the criminal justice system while in their role as parents.

Dr. Caroline Long Burry is an associate professor at the School of Social Work, University of Maryland. She is also chair of the families and children specialization. She began her career working in adoption, child protective services, and foster care, and was previously a therapeutic foster parent. Her teaching and research focus is on child welfare and international social work. She is currently writing a child welfare text.

Interviewer: Patricia Logan-Greene, PhD

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