Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children


Children of Incarcerated Parents


Be Sure Your Child is Cared For & Safe

The Commission, working with experts in the field, developed a flyer to help parents who have been arrested plan for their children. The flyer describes and provides forms to designate a person in parental relation so that their children have caregivers with the legal ability to make education and medical decisions for their children. While the flyer does not provide legal advice, it does explain various short- and long-term options that help parents plan appropriately for their children’s care and provides information about resources that can be helpful to the parent, their children and their children’s caregivers.

The flyer is currently available for download in English, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean & Russian. (Please note, the flyer was designed for and is best printed on legal size paper.)

Copies of the flyer (in English or Spanish only) can be ordered online using the online order form. A hard copy order form is also available.

The information in the flyer is also broken down into the following information sheets (all sheets are available in English, forms are also available in Spanish):

In April 2010, then-Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced the release of this flyer. In his letter to criminal justice professionals, he noted, “the intent is that this flyer increases the focus and steps taken – immediately and over time – to keep children safe and to reduce the trauma associated with the circumstances.”

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions for further information or listen to the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police Podcast.