Action for Prisoners' Families - Action for Prisoners' Families
promotes the just treatment of prisoners' families by the prison
system and society across the UK. It encourages the development of,
and acts as a voice for, organizations providing support to these
Aid to Inmate Mothers -
AIM provides services to Alabama's incarcerated
women with emphasis on enhancing personal growth and strengthening the
bonds between inmate mothers and their children.
Arizona Family Members Behind Bars--online only
Arizona Family Members Behind Bars: Difficult
questions children ask...and answers that can help is a caregiver's guide
to Arizona's criminal justice system from arrest to release.
This is a printable resource from the Kare Family
Center of the Arizona Children Association.
It is an excellent resource for children to help explain to the
kids left behind what has happened when their parents are incarcerated
Assisting Families of Inmates,
Inc. - The mission of Assisting Families of Inmates, Inc.
(formerly Prison Family Support Services) is to help families
preserve and strengthen positive relationships with relatives
incarcerated in Virginia's state correctional centers. Through a
continuum of direct informational and support services, AFOI helps
families cope with the incarceration and prepare for release and
Canadian Families and
Corrections Network - A Canadian not for profit organization
that encourages the development of policies, practices and programs
that enable prisoners and their families to build holistic family
and community relations.
Centerforce is one of few agencies in the U.S. to
offer a continuum of services for individuals and families during
incarceration, reentry and after release. They are headquartered in San
Quentin and provide direct services to prisoners in Santa Rita Jail and
four state prisons. In addition, Centerforce provides direct services to
communities and families of the incarcerated in Oakland, San Francisco,
the Bay Area Counties, and Fresno and Madera Counties. Centerforce also
specializes in providing health and family supportive services to
incarcerated men and women and those reentering their communities of
origin after incarceration. Write for further information.
Center for the Children of Incarcerated Parents
Provides free educational material for incarcerated
parents and their children, as well as therapeutic services, family
reunification services, and related information. Many services are free.
Secure Inmate Calls - ConsCallHome helps people save money on inmate
phone calls. Since 2008, ConsCallHome has been helping the families
and friends of inmates save money on inmate calling.
CPR Center for Policy Research - The Center for Policy Research
is a non-profit corporation established in 1981 to work with public
and private sector service providers to conduct research to improve
the effectiveness and efficiency of human service agencies, and the
justice, health and education systems. Includes resources
Edwin Gould Services for Children
The IMP is a specially designed preventive program
that addresses the unique needs of mothers parenting their children from
prison in New York. The main goal of the IMP is to prevent foster care
placement by assisting women and their children during and after the
time of arrest; court; jail; and as they return to the community. IMP
provides advocacy, foster care prevention, counseling, and vocational
training, and also prison-based parenting groups to serve fathers.
Families in Crisis in
Connecticut - When offenders are arrested and go to jail,
they're not the only ones affected - their families are too. Our
agency was founded to stabilize the family in crisis and to provide
meaningful opportunities for change. We focus on the dynamics of the
family unit and the significant role that family relationships play
to help offenders rebuild their lives. Our services are an important
addition to the criminal justice system's own efforts to reduce
crime and to prepare offenders to be productive members of their
Families of Parchman Prison Inmates
We serve as a support center to anyone who has a
family member incarcerated or recently released from Parchman and any
other prison in Mississippi.
Family and Corrections Network
The mission of Family and Corrections Network (FCN)
is to uphold families of prisoners as a valued resource to themselves
and their communities in order that the criminal justice system, other
institutions and society become supportive of family empowerment,
integrity, and self-determination. FCN works alongside families of
prisoners, program providers, policy makers, researchers, educators,
correctional personnel and the public by: convening national meetings
for mutually respectful learning, interaction and dialogue; distributing
information through FCN's publications, web site, and speakers' bureau;
designing and supplying technical materials, tools and services;
advocating criminal justice policy reform that upholds the value of
families; encouraging networking among families of prisoners for mutual
support and cooperative action; and creating opportunities for linking
with and learning from families of prisoners.
Families With Loved Ones In
Prison - FLIP is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated
to maintaining strong family relationships in Florida's prison
families. The purpose of our organization is to help reestablish and
repair broken family ties brought on by incarceration. Many prison
families express their desire to re-establish and repair broken
Florida Institutional Legal Services
FILS is the only statewide legal services program
in Florida dedicated to serving people who are institutionalized.
Currently, FILS is investigating the specific issues facing incarcerated
parents in Florida through direct outreach, aggressive use of the
Florida Sunshine laws, legal research, and limited advocacy for
individual clients with compelling and representative claims. FILS
publishes the Florida Parental Rights Manual for Incarcerated Parents
and their Families (2009) 106 pages, which is available for download
from their website or can be obtained by writing the above address.
Forever Family, Inc.
Forever Family is an advocacy group for
incarcerated parents which provides helpful information for all parents
in prison who have children, but can only provide social services in the
Forever Family (formerly AIM)
Foreverfamily works to ensure that, no matter what
the circumstances, all
children have the opportunity to be surrounded by
the love of family. We focus our efforts on some of the most
marginalized children in our society - those with an incarcerated parent
or parents - and support them as they, their parents, caregivers and
extended families work to remain a family.
Friends and Family of Louisiana's Incarcerated
FFLIC is a statewide membership-based organization
that fights for a better life for all of Louisiana's youth, especially
those involved in or targeted by the juvenile justice system.
Hope House - Hope House
offers programs to prisoners and their families aimed at decreasing
recidivism and keeping incarcerated men connected to the community.
Our goal is to create programs that strengthen ties between District
inmates who are incarcerated in prisons outside the D.C. area and
their families in Washington; To advocate for and raise the level of
awareness of the general public about inmates and their concerns;
and To create programs for the children and families of D.C.
Hour Children, Inc.
Mission is to support incarcerated mothers and
their children. Provides resources and services outside and inside New
York state prisons only. Also provides services in Spanish.
The Incarcerated Mothers Program Edwin Gould
Services for Children -
Provides advocacy, foster care prevention,
counseling, and vocational training. Also runs "Achievers' Girls and
Boys Shine" program for children ages 9-19 whose parents have been or
are incarcerated, Saturday activity groups, and "Grandparents as
Parents" support group.
Inmate Calling Guide - written by ConsCallHome.com - Provided by
ConsCallHome, this is a free resource that teaches the families and
friends of inmates how to receive telephone calls from an inmate.
The inmate calling guide also includes tips on receiving cheap jail
calls, talking to a federal inmate and setting up a local number
Jewish Prisoner Services International
Chaplaincy and social services organization for
Jewish prisoners, their family members and new releases only. Will
provide Jewish religious materials, including Hebrew texts.
Justice Works Community
Sponsors "Mothers in Prison, Children in Crisis"
Sponsors "Mothers in Prison, Children in Crisis" campaign to end
mandatory minimum sentencing for drug law violations.
Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners
Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners provides
civil and family law legal services to both male and female prisoners
incarcerated in Minnesota correctional facilities. LAMP does not handle
appeals for inmates to contest their convictions. Additionally, the
William Mitchell College of Law has established a secondary clinic, the
Reentry Clinic that serves female prisoners in Minnesota who are nearing
their release dates.
for Prisoners With Children - LSPC advocates for the human
rights and empowerment of incarcerated parents, children, family
members and people at risk for incarceration. We respond to requests
for information, trainings, technical assistance, litigation,
community activism and the development of more advocates. Our focus
is on women prisoners and their families, and we emphasize that
issues of race are central to any discussion of incarceration.
L.I.F.E. - The Living Interactive Family Education (LIFE)
program is an enhanced visitation program at the Potosi Correctional
Center (PCC), a maximum security prison in Mineral Point, Missouri.
The LIFE program was developed jointly between the incarcerated
fathers and local 4-H staff to address the needs of children of
Middle Ground Prison Reform
Working for Arizona's prisoners and their families
since 1983. Main areas of activity are: 1) public education about the
need for criminal justice reform 2) legislative advocacy on behalf of
prisoners and their visitors 3) litigation to protect and define the
rights and responsibilities of prisoners and their supporters 4)
referral to community resources for ex-offenders. Spanish-speaking
National Institute of Corrections
Provides the "Directory of Programs Serving
Families of Adult Offenders" to prison libraries, chaplains, and
prisoners' families, not directly to prisoners.
Pathfinders of Oregon
Pathfinders of Oregon has several successful
programs in prisons and the community, including the Center for Family
Success, Children's Justice Alliance, Parenting Inside Out, Pathfinder
Academy, and Living in Freedom Today, an alternative to incarceration
program. For Oregon prisoners only.
Prison Calls Online / OCS Prison Calls
Helps families pay less for their collect prison
Prisoners of Love
- Prisoners of Love is a book, a newsletter, and a web site, written
and produced with the support of friends and families of the
incarcerated to serve those families with dignity, love and respect.
Prisoners' Wives Girlfriends and
Partners - The mission of PWGP is to address the needs of those
with an incarcerated partner, serve as a resource for families,
provide opportunities for advocacy and collaborate with the
community to enhance public awareness to eliminate stigma. PWGP
promotes healthy relationships through education, support, and
fellowship, preparing partners for reintegration and reunification,
working under the belief that keeping families together aids in
Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS)
Provides institutional visits to prisoners only in
federal and military prisons nationwide. Limited services for
Prison Reform Unity Project
- We are a national group of people who work on
prison reform issues and urgent inmate needs and when possible helping
parolees with re-entry issues. Our goals are to reform the prison system
and make it a better place based on rehabilitation versus warehousing.
Our goal is also to help reduce recidivism in the United States and to
resolve issues such as medical neglect/abuse. Our goal is that no one
would be left out in the cold alone. We have a group where we try to
educate the public on what is going on through news articles. It is also
a place where people can come when they are in need of assistance for
their imprisoned loved one or themselves once released from prison. We
have in the past done a nation wide picket at all the prisons to bring
attention to the need for prison reform.
PrisonTalk - The
PrisonTalk Online web community brings those with an interest in the
prisoner support community a forum in which their issues and
concerns may be addressed by others in similar circumstances. Inside
the PTO web community you will be able to find support from others
who are dealing with, or have been down the same road you may
currently find yourself, information resources & tools to aid your
in achieving your goals, and a place to communicate and share your
Prison Wire - Inmate
Forum, Blogs, & News - PrisonWire.com is a online forum community
for the families and friends of inmates. We share inmate news, jail
advice and prison videos.
Project AVARY offers long-term support and
enrichment for children and youth in the San Francisco Bay Area with a
parent in prison or jail. Our program services include a summer camp,
monthly outings, leadership training, and family support. Write for
Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership - 2.4 million U.S. children have a parent behind bars
today. The partnership formed to improve the lives of incarcerated
children and to demand a "Bill of Rights" for them, downloadable from
the website in English and Spanish.
Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos
The Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos Prison Project is
dedicated to providing cultural and spiritual education, support, and
hope to incarcerated individuals. The Project advocates for prison
policy reform and programs that reduce recidivism, support re-entry, and
Southern Center for Human Rights
The Southern Center for Human Rights provides legal
representation to people facing the death penalty in Georgia and Alabama
only, and also publishes a Parolee Handbook, which serves as a guide the
parole consideration process for people in Georgia's prisons. SCHR also
publishes The Georgia Advocacy Handbook, a 46 page manual which helps
explain the hierarchy in the GDC and how to maneuver within in it.
Through this handbook families and friends of people incarcerated in
Georgia will learn how to become advocates and implement appropriate and
effective steps to resolve problems inside Georgia prisons.
South Dakota Prisoner Support Group
Their purpose is to provide support to prisoners in
jails and prisons and their families, and to prevent abuse of
incarcerated men, woman and children. Offers referrals, links, websites,
information, news, as well as share their own experiences and problems,
in regards to incarcerated family members/friends. No legal advice
America's Families - Strengthening America's Families: Effective
Family Programs for Prevention of Delinquency provides a wealth of
information about family strengthening programs. The programs in
this booklet are divided into categories based upon the degree,
quality and outcomes of research associated with them. You will also
find a program matrix. This may be helpful to you in determining "at
a glance" which programs may best meet your community needs. We hope
you find this information beneficial as you search for outstanding
family-based programs for the prevention of juvenile delinquency and
substance abuse in your community.
Texas Inmate Families Association -
TIFA supports, educates, and advocates for families of the
incarcerated. Of major concern to TIFA is the impact of parental
incarceration on their very young children.
Wings Ministry -
The goal of the Wings Ministry is to connect spouses, caregivers,
and children of inmates with the nurturing and supporting
relationships of Christian people in local churches.
Wisconsin Council on Children &
Families - The mission of the Wisconsin Council on Children and
Families, WCCF or the Council, is to ensure that every child in
Wisconsin grows up in a just and nurturing family and community. The
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families was established in 1881
as the Wisconsin Conference on Charities and Corrections. For well
over a century, the organization has focused on improving conditions
for families and children through policy change, expanded public
investments and public education that lead to improvements in
outcomes and practices in the delivery of publicly funded health
care, education, workforce development and social services.
Women's Prison Association (New York)
WPA offers a range of services aimed at helping
women in the New York City area. Their direct service network is
organized in three broad areas; Residential and Family Services; Reentry
Services; and neighborhood-based services. Within these program areas,
WPA offers Alternatives to Incarceration, Family Reunification
Assistance and Family Support Services, Reentry Case Management,
Assistance and Support, and Jail- and Prison-Based Education and
Women's Prison Association and Hooper Home
Provides foster care prevention, counseling, and
housing placement assistance.