@Grivusangel -- Sad, but true. I have a cousin who is a social worker, and she said the situations with children with incarcerated parents is often an impossible one. She said with the rise in meth production, it's not uncommon for both parents to be jailed and the child sent to foster care. It's really a terrible thing.
She said mentoring children of incarcerated parents works as well as anything does, that they need a stable adult influence and a mentor can provide that.