SSF04: A Conversation with Parental Incarceration Expert Katelen Fortunati

Katelen Fortunati, DSW, LCSW, is the author of Safer Society's ChIPs Storybooks and an expert on the impact of parental incarceration on child development. She received her Doctorate of Social Work from Rutgers University School of Social Work in May 2018. It is a clinical doctorate focused on combining scholarship and practice.

Katelen Fortunati
Every Single Kid

To learn more about Katelen Fortunati
and her work with children, visit her website at

In this episode, Mary asks Katelen to talk about:

  • The subject of her doctoral dissertation, how parent-child attachments are impacted by parental incarceration.

  • Her experiences counseling young children with incarcerated parents, helping them communicate with their parents, and even accompanying them on prison visits.