The Bill of Rights was developed in 2005 by the San Francisco Partnership for Children of Incarcerated Parents in partnership with youth with incarcerated parents. It is a roadmap of reform for safeguarding children whose parents are involved in the criminal justice system. Turning these rights into realities is the ultimate goal of our collective efforts. 



Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights

  • I have the right to be kept safe and informed at the time of my parent's arrest.
  • I have the right to be heard when decisions are made about me.
  • I have the right to be considered when decisions are made about my parent.
  • I have the right to be well cared for in my parent's absence.
  • I have the right to speak with, see and touch my parent.
  • I have the right to support as I struggle with my parent's incarcerateion.
  • I have the right not to be judged, blamed or labeled because of my parent's incarceration.
  • I have the right to a lifelong relationship with my parent.