Family

  • 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 families.

  • 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 or deported.  

  • 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 reunification.

  • 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 - 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.

  • ConsCallHome - 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 incarcerated parents.

  • 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 communities.

  • 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 family ties.

  • 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 Atlanta area.

  • 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 Children - 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. prisoners.

  • 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 with ConsCallHome.

  • 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. 

  • Legal Services 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 incarcerated parents.

  • 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 volunteers available.

  • 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 calls.

  • 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 reducing recidivism.

  • Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS) - Provides institutional visits to prisoners only in federal and military prisons nationwide. Limited services for Spanish-speaking prisoners.

  • 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 stories.

  • 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 - 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 further details.

  • San 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 reunify families.

  • 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 given.

  • Strengthening 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 Pre-Release Services.  

  • Women's Prison Association and Hooper Home - Provides foster care prevention, counseling, and housing placement assistance. 

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