1st Edition

Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents in Schools Foregrounding Youth Voices to Improve Educational Support

By Whitney Q. Hollins Copyright 2022
    136 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    136 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Drawing on qualitative research conducted with young people in New York, this volume highlights the unique experiences of children of incarcerated parents (COIP) and counters deficit-based narratives to consider how young people’s voices can inform and improve educational support services.

    Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents in Schools combines the author’s original research and personal experiences with an analysis of existing scholarship to provide unique insight into how COIP experience schooling in the United States. With a focus on the benefits of qualitative research for providing a more nuanced portrayal of these children and their experiences, the text foregrounds youth voices and emphasizes the resilience, maturity, and compassion which these young people demonstrate. By calling attention to the challenges that COIP face in and out of school, and also addressing associated issues around race and racism, the book offers large and small-scale changes that educators and other allies can use to better support children of incarcerated parents.

    This volume will be of interest to scholars and researchers interested in the sociology of education, race and urban education, and the impacts of parental incarceration specifically. It will also be of benefit to educators and school leaders who are supporting young people affected by these issues.

    Introduction – A Personal Testimony of My Childhood Experience with Parental Incarceration 1. Challenging Deficit-Based Views of Children of Incarcerated Parents: The State of Research 2. Conducting Strength-Based Qualitative Research with Children of Incarcerated Parents: Theoretical Framework and Methods 3. Children of Incarcerated Parents in Schools: Their Perspectives and Interaction with the Education System 4. Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents: Creating Safe Spaces in Schools and Becoming an Ally 5. Moving Forward: Identifying Challenges, Strengths and Needs


    Whitney Q. Hollins is an Adjunct Lecturer in Youth Studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Hunter College, USA