Families

Updated 2021

Please bear in mind that the bulk of the information in this guide is actually on the Internet. A short summary of each website clipped out for this list does not even begin to do each entry justice, and many of the items on this list actually contain further lists. The number of prisoner resources out there are mind boggling, so don't be afraid to use Google if there is something you have in mind.

A caveat to this list is that this is the age of COVID 19. Many of these sites are temporarily closed or scaled back for the duration of the pandemic. They are included in this list anyway in anticipation of better days.

Computers connected to the Internet are not generally available in prisons, so it is up to friends, family, and advisers to dig out the needed information from each website, or to shoot off emails where needed.

Finally, there are no websites that require money or a login to access. If you encounter any problems with this list, feel free to contact Helen.

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Aid to Inmate Mothers

https://inmatemoms.org
PO Box 986
Montgomery, AL 36101
Office: (334) 262-2245
Toll Free: (800) 679-0246

AIM reunites mothers and children separated by prison. Our goal is to enrich the lives of both incarcerated mothers and their families through programs that provide education and support.

The visitation program brings families together each month for visits within the prison. Aside from these monthly sessions, AIM offers programs to help mothers and children stay connected – including the Storybook Program and the Girl Scout troop. Through generous donations, we also help the extended families who are taking care of the children.

We understand that the best way to help incarcerated women be better mothers and citizens is to give them opportunities to learn essential life skills. Prison Classes and the Health Education program help these women learn information on parenting, job readiness, and personal health.

Care doesn’t just stop once the mothers are released from prison. Re-entry can be especially hard, and this transition puts the women at risk for relapsing into old routines. Project Reconnect is an aftercare program that helps them secure jobs and housing and provides them with essential counseling.

All of Us or None

https://prisonerswithchildren.org/about-aouon/
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
4400 Market Street
Oakland, CA 94608
(415) 255-7036

All of Us or None is a grassroots civil and human rights organization fighting for the rights of formerly-and currently-incarcerated people and our families. We are fighting against the discrimination that people face every day because of arrest or conviction history. The goal of All of Us or None is to strengthen the voices of people most affected by mass incarceration and the growth of the prison-industrial complex. Through our grassroots organizing, we are building a powerful political movement to win full restoration of our human and civil rights.

Bluhm Legal Clinic - Center on Wrongful Convictions

https://www.law.northwestern.edu/legalclinic/wrongfulconvictions/
Bluhm Legal Clinic
Northwestern Pritzker
School of Law
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-3069
312.503.8576
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Each year, hundreds of clients receive assistance from Bluhm Legal Clinic students. The range of clients served is wide reaching including teenagers tangled in an unjust juvenile legal system and entrepreneurs in need of affordable legal advice. As students gain unparalleled hands-on, real-world experience, they also can dramatically improve the lives of those they serve.

Appellate Advocacy
Children & Family Justice
Civil Litigation
Entrepreneurship Law
Environmental Advocacy
Externships
International Human Rights
Litigation & Investor Protection
MacArthur Justice
Negotiation & Mediation
Trial Advocacy
Wrongful Convictions
Wrongful Convictions of Youth

California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement

https://solitarywatch.org/cfasc/
8018 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd.
Suite 100 #213
Anaheim, CA 92808-1102
714.290.9077
213.746.4343

California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement (CFASC) is an organization whose mission is to stop the inhumane treatment of prisoners within the California Penal System, especially those held in solitary confinement and administrative housing units. Our loved ones have been incarcerated, in many cases for decades, under conditions widely recognized as torture. We came together in July 2011 to support the statewide prisoner hunger strike demanding an end to barbaric and unconstitutional conditions in solitary units. Our ultimate vision is an end to solitary confinement.

CFASC understands that if we are to accomplish our goal of abolishing solitary confinement, we must introduce the public to the truth about the people who are confined there—these are our loved ones, the California Department of Corrections calls the “worst of the worst.” Towards that end, we give prisoners in isolation a voice by compiling their writings and telling their ativan generic vs brand stories in churches, schools and universities, neighborhoods, town halls and events. We’re in Sacramento and the nation’s capital at hearings, speaking with legislators and participating in rallies.

In addition to our goal of abolishing solitary confinement, CFASC supports the prisoners’ core demands for reform that came out of the 2011 hunger strikes, and we organize our work to help see these realized. We welcome all family members and supporters who wish to be a part of ending the torturous existence of solitary confinement. In the words of one of the men in Pelican Bay State Prison, ” The SHU (Segregated Housing Units) is the thief that steals our souls … we measure our lives, in the ability to withstand insanity, and endure torture through days, nights, and endless years …”

Centerforce

https://www.centerforce.ngo/
1904 Franklin Street
Suite #418
Oakland, California 94612
(510) 834-3457
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Centerforce is a leading reentry service provider in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving people with a history of incarceration, their families, and communities. We provide evidence-based programs that exemplify reentry best practices, and have done so for over 40 years. Founded in 1977 to provide shelter to loved ones visiting prisoners at San Quentin, Centerforce now provides a broad range of services during incarceration, reentry, and after release.

We work with correctional entities, probation departments, other non-profits and research institutions to design, implement and evaluate programs that support communities impacted by incarceration. Centerforce is one of a handful of community-based service providers to offer a continuum of services pre and post-release, with expertise in working inside both jails and prisons.

Children of Incarcerated Parents (COIP)

https://nche.ed.gov/coip/
Homeless Education Helpline:
Mailing/Shipping:
NCHE at SERVE
5900 Summit Avenue #201
Brown's Summit, NC
800-308-2145
Fax: 336-315-7457
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TOPICS:
Accountability and Assessment
Best Interest and School Selection
Charter Schools
Children of Incarcerated Parents (COIP) | Incarceration
COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Credit Accrual
Chronic Absence
Collaboration
Curricula: Educating Students and Others About Homelessness
Data and Statistics on Homelessness
Data Collection
Determining Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Rights and Services
Disaster Preparation and Response
Dispute Resolution
Domestic Violence
Early Childhood Education | Preschool
Eligibility: Determining Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Rights and Services
Enrolling Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness in School
Extra-curricular Participation of Homeless Students
FAFSA Data on Foster Youth
FAFSA Data on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Food and Nutrition
Foster Care
Health: Physical and Mental Health
Higher Education: Access to Higher Education for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Highly Mobile Students: Addressing Educational Challenges
Homeless Education: General
Homelessness: General
Housing
Human Trafficking and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
Immigrants and Refugees
Incarceration | Children of Incarcerated Parents (COIP)
Identifying Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Juvenile Justice
Legal Resources
LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Questioning) Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Mental and Physical Health
Migrant Students
Monitoring and Program Evaluation
Needs Assessment
Parent Involvement
Parent Resources
Poverty and Income
Preschool | Early Childhood Education
Research
Resilience
Rural Homelessness
Scholarships for Higher Education
School Counselor Support for Students Experiencing Homelessness
School Personnel Resources
School Selection and Best Interest
Shelter
Special Education
Statistics and Data on Homelessness
Subgrants: McKinney-Vento Subgrants
Title I, Part A
Trafficking and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
Translations of Homeless Education Materials
Transportation
Trauma-Informed Care | Trauma-Specific Services
Tutoring and Extended Day Learning
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Videos: Awareness Videos on Homelessness and Homeless Education

CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS PARTNERSHIP

https://www.coipp.org/
22 South Market St.
Suite 101 A,
Frederick, Maryland 21701

Our mission is to foster the growth of strong, resilient, hopeful children who are impacted by an incarcerated loved one in the Frederick County MD region.

The organization Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership was founded a number of years ago to help a special group of children in Frederick County, Maryland. Started by one person, it quickly grew to be an organization supported by ‘mid managers’ from a variety of non-profit agencies in Frederick, Maryland. Our belief is that children of incarcerated parents are a group of children who lack a voice of their own. Our work and our mission is to give them such a voice in the community, in the schools, and in their family. We are proud to say that we have been an official non-profit organization since 2011.

Activities have included, but are not limited to, the following for the children as well as their caregivers and the parents in jail:
Weekend children’s activities
Resource fairs for jail visitors
Distribution of quality children’s books
Recordable bears for the children
Scholarships for caregivers, parents released from jail, and children who were impacted by incarceration
Caregiver respite meetings
Emergency gift cards
Parenting classes at the jail
Caregiver workshops
For the community, our work has included:
Symposiums
Presentations at churches, synagogues and community gatherings
Participation in community workshops

It is important to note that all of this has been accomplished through the volunteer efforts and hard work of a few committed people and the support of their many friends.

Coalition for Prisoners’ Rights Newsletter

http://www.realcostofprisons.org/coalition.html
Coalition for Prisoners' Rights
P.O. Box 1911
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-1911

The C.P.R has been publishing their Newsletter for 36 years. In June 2009 they decided they could no longer afford to mail the monthly newsletter to their 9,100 subscribers. The Real Cost of Prisons believes in the work of the C.P.R. To reach out to families, friends, allies of prisoners, we began posting the C.P.R. Newsletters in PDF format in July 2009. We encourage you to download the newsletter and send it to prisoners so that they will continue to receive this important source of information and inspiration for organizing that the Newsletter provides. To receive monthly issues by mail, send CPR a stamped self-addressed envelope with CPR as the return address. Up to 12 stamped self-addressed envelopes can be sent at one time.

Edwin Gould Services for Children

https://egscf.org/
TO BECOME A FOSTER PARENT
Tamara Chalvire, MPA
Phone: 212-437-3557
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Office Locations
MAIN OFFICE (Downtown Brooklyn)
151 Lawrence Street, 5th Fl.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 212-437-3500
Fax: 212-437-3599
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BRONX (Mott Haven)
412-424 East 147th St.
Bronx, NY 10455
Phone: 718-732-7400
Fax: 718-732-7458 / 59

MANHATTAN
413 East 120th Street
New York, NY 10035
Phone: 646-315-7600
Fax: 646-315-7604 / 97

BROOKLYN (Bedford Stuyvesant)
20 New York Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Phone: 347-464-7140
Fax: 347-464-7169

STEPS to End Family Violence
PO Box 287326
New York, NY 10128
877-STEPS-94

Thus began a new day for our two organizations’ long dedication to helping New York’s children, adults, and families to move forward and upward in their lives. The consolidation strengthens and broadens the supports we provide to more than 25,000 children, adults, and family members throughout the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Westchester County. As one organization, Rising Ground now has expanded services in our critical work in the areas of child welfare, services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and care management. The STEPS to End Family Violence program continues to support those impacted by intimate partner violence, as well as New York City youth through advocacy and leadership training. Intimate partner violence often impacts the families and children supported by Rising Ground across its many programs, meaning the expertise developed through decades of work in this area will have a wider reach benefitting the Rising Ground community.

Our Programs

The Edwin Gould Community of Care extends throughout the five boroughs and Westchester County and includes four major program areas.
Using person-focused methods of care, our intellectual and developmental disabilities residents are given the care and support they need.

Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities Services
Preventive Services
Foster Care and Adoption Services

Family Law Project

https://law.wisc.edu/fjr/flp/
Law School
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconsin Law School
975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
608-262-2240

Students in the Family Law Project (FLP) work with incarcerated persons to establish and maintain their family relationships and to assist them with problems arising from the intersection of incarceration and family law.

Above anything, we value our freedom and our families. But people who are incarcerated face great barriers to establishing or maintaining relationships with loved ones, especially their children. The work of FLP can have a life-changing impact on the clients’ current and future well-being, as well as on that of their children.

Forever Family, Inc.

https://www.foreverfamily.org/
Forever Family
PO Box 900
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302
1-888-365-FAMILY

Children and teens in foster care are victims that have done nothing wrong. They have been abused, neglected, orphaned or abandoned, and are in need of someone to love and care for them. Meet some of the loving children and teens in Florida and North Carolina waiting to be adopted by their forever families.
Fostering vs. Adoption

Foster care parents provide temporary, nurturing environments for kids and teens who have been removed from their living situation. Foster families who open their hearts and homes to kids in need of care, play an essential role as they search for their forever families. With a growing amount of kids and teens in need of a place to stay, foster care homes are always in need.

Adoption is one of the biggest, most beautiful commitments a family could make to a child. When a family decides to adopt, not only are they receiving full parental rights, but they are committing to love, nurture and parent a child or teen that has fallen victim to an unfortunate, former living situation. Giving these children a second chance means the world to them.
You can be the difference these children long for.

Friends and Family of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children

https://www.fflic.org/
FFLIC
New Orleans Office
1307 Oretha C. Haley Blvd. Suite 303
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 708.8376

"Our mission is to create a better life for all of Louisiana’s youth, especially those involved in or targeted by the juvenile justice system."

Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) is a grassroots, state-wide, membership-based, inter-generational organization working to transform the systems that put children at risk of prison. Through empowerment, leadership development, and training we strive to keep children from going to prison and support those who have and their families.

As mothers and fathers, grandparents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles and allies, we believe in and implement a model of organizing that is people- and community-centered, and is explicitly anti-racist.

Our strategically chosen goals transform currently oppressive systems and institutions into ones that uphold justice, build strong powerful families and communities, and advocate for our children and ourselves.

From the street level to the state level, from our meeting rooms to the state capitol, we are working to build a society based on the principles of racial justice, human rights, and full participation through our tireless fight for justice for youth. For this reason, we seek to build a truly democratic, multiracial organization whose membership reflects the communities we come from.

We believe the people most affected by the systems are the ones who have to transform the systems.
We believe that we are the experts on what our communities need. Solidarity and collective action are our most powerful tools in the struggle for self-determination and justice for our children and families.

Programs
TRANSFORMATIVE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
SOLUTIONS NOT SUSPENSIONS
YOUTH JUSTICE REFORM
PARENT IN LEADERSHIP (PLP)
STEP INTO JOY

Projects
BLACK MAN RISING MOVEMENT (BMR)
BLACK GIRLS RISING MOVEMENT (BGR)

Campaigns
LET KIDS BE KIDS
LET KIDS BE KIDS 3 POINT PLATFORM
STAND IN LOVE
STAND IN HOPE
50/2017 CAMPAIGN
PEOPLE’S DATA CAMPAIGN

Friends Outside

http://www.friendsoutside.org/
P.O. Box 4085
Stockton, CA 95204
(209) 955-0701

Since 1955, Friends Outside has been a visionary, pro-active child and family advocate helping families, children and incarcerated individuals cope with the trauma of arrest and incarceration, find a new direction, and move forward with their lives.

Our numerous years of experience working with adults and young people involved in the criminal justice system have provided us with the necessary tools to address the special needs of families and children.

Human Rights Coalition

https://hrcoalition.org/
PO Box 34580
Philadelphia, PA 19101
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The Human Rights Coalition (HRC) is a grassroots non-profit group of predominately prisoners’ families, prisoners, ex-offenders and supporters. It was formed to aid and support prisoners’ families in coping with the stress and hardships created by having a loved one incarcerated, as well as to challenge the punitive, retributive nature of the penal system and to work to transform that to a model of rehabilitation and successful reintegration to society.

Just Detention International

https://justdetention.org/

HEADQUARTERS
3325 Wilshire Blvd,
Suite 340
Los Angeles, CA 90010
T (213) 384-1400
F (213) 384-1411
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EAST COAST OFFICE
1900 L St, NW,
Suite 601
Washington DC, 20036
T (202) 506-3333
F (202) 506-7971

Just Detention International is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention.

JDI is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. Founded in 1980, JDI is the only organization in the U.S. – and the world – dedicated exclusively to ending sexual abuse behind bars. We hold government officials accountable for prisoner rape; challenge the attitudes and misperceptions that allow sexual abuse to flourish; and make sure that survivors get the help they need.

Sexual abuse in detention is absolutely preventable. Prisons and jails with committed leaders, good policies, and sound practices can keep people safe.

We work with policymakers, advocates, and corrections officials to protect the basic human rights of people in detention, in the U.S. and globally. All of our work is informed by the wisdom and experiences of prisoner rape survivors. We go inside facilities every day to talk directly with prisoners and staff about what they really need to be safe.

When the government removes someone’s freedom, it takes on an absolute responsibility to keep that person safe. No matter what crime someone may have committed, rape is not part of the penalty.

“I used to feel shame and humiliation about what happened to me in that Texas jail. Eventually, I came to realize that it was not my shame — it was my country’s shame.”
Tom Cahill, former JDI President.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

https://prisonerswithchildren.org/
4400 Market Street
Oakland, CA 94608
(415) 255-7036

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) is one of the first organizations in the country that was formed to support people in prison, specifically women, at a time when their struggles were nearly invisible. Over the last 40 years we have grown from a small law office to a national organization with a unique approach that engages in law, policy, communications, and community organizing to advance our work. We have expanded our focus from women in prison to include all incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people and their families. We have seeded and served as an incubator to trailblazing organizations like Critical Resistance, Justice Now, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Prison Activist Resource Center and more. We have litigated dozens of cases resulting in trendsetting legal standards including expanding alternatives to incarceration, ending long term solitary confinement in California, and the protection of pregnant incarcerated women. Not only has our legal work protected the human rights and health of millions of currently and formerly incarcerated people, we’ve trained hundreds of attorneys and legal workers along the way.

National Capital Crime Assistance Network

https://nccan.org
Claudia Whitman
14985 Rd 40.2
Mancos, CO 81328
970-533-7383
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Prisoners facing capital charges, Death Row, or Life Without Parole need legal, investigative and community assistance. Some are without lawyers or are having problems with their lawyers. Most need investigative work on their cases. Others need local contacts, support groups and contact with the media.

Many need their families and friends to have training/support to facilitate meaningful work on the cases. Some need innocence claims presented to innocence organizations.

Both prisoners and their loved ones need to gain skills in summarizing case issues, identifying tasks, and finding resources so that they can become effective self-advocates and advocates. NCCAN addresses these issues by networking nationally and acting locally.

Navajo Nation Corrections Project

https://nnigovernance.arizona.edu/navajo-nation-corrections-project
Must sign up online.

Established in 1983, the Corrections Project facilitates, coordinates, and advocates for the use of spiritual ceremonies, cultural activities, and counseling for Navajo and other Indians in correctional facilities. As the liaison between inmates, their families, and Indian and non-Indian government agencies, the project researches and implements unmet spiritual, cultural, and legal needs. In 2002 alone, the 30 correctional facilities were visited and more than 2,000 clients were served.
CONSTITUTIONS RESOURCE CENTER
Indigenous Governance Database
Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network
Indigenous governance and rights
Native Nations Institute

Project AVARY

https://www.projectavary.org/
PO Box 150088
San Rafael, CA 94915-0088
415.457.8799

Project Avary offers long-term support, resources, guidance and training for children with incarcerated parents.
We are a community that gives kids
a deep sense of belonging, dignity, and hope.

Our programs are tailored to meet the needs of this unique population by providing youth development in leadership, emotional and social intelligence, and independent living skills.

Project Avary is a safe space where families and children of incarcerated individuals can be open and honest about the pain and grief of losing a loved one to the criminal justice system. Within this container of deep trust and respect, children of the incarcerated join together to grieve and heal the wounds of loss and abandonment.

Since 1999, our year-round program has met the unique emotional needs of children with a parent in prison. We intervene early in the lives of children at the ages of 8 to 11, and we make a long-term 10-year commitment to each child and family.

 

The Osborne Association

http://www.osborneny.org/
BROOKLYN
175 Remsen St.
Suite 800
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-637-6560

BRONX
809 Westchester Ave.
Bronx, NY 10455
718-707-2600

BUFFALO
The Community Health Center of Buffalo
34 Benwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
929-239-5943

MANHATTAN
2090 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
New York, NY 10027
212-324-5577

NEWBURGH
388 Ann St.
Newburgh, NY 12550
845-345-9845

NYC Reentry Hotline: 1-833-OSB-FREE (1-833-672-3733) Open Everyday 8am - 8pm. Callers can receive referral information for any reentry needs, such as medical services, mental health services, housing, entitlements, and COVID specific concerns. We are providing full reentry services including pre-release discharge planning, reentry case management, direct virtual group and individual services.

Workforce and Employment Services: Job readiness groups for adults who have recently returned home from prison or jail are now offered virtually. We continue to send graduates out on job interviews with employers. Email Steuben Vega (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Substance Use Treatment (El Rio): Substance use treatment services, including intakes, groups, and individual services, are all provided by phone. These services are available for an ATI program and reentry program. To refer a new participant, contact Blendy Rivera (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 646-276-0638).

Young Adult Services: For virtual mentoring services and case management to young people ages 16-24 who either are on probation in the Bronx, or live near Butler, Patterson or Castle Hill. Email Arabia Veggecado (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

For job readiness services for people 18-30 with prior justice involvement. Email Sean Brailsford (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Court Advocacy Services: We are accepting referrals for our full set of services including bail advocacy, mitigation reports, pre-trial release, ATI services, and assisting attorneys with virtual court appearances. Attorneys can send referrals by email to Andrea Goupalsingh (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or, fax 347-498-2506).

Support for Families Impacted by Incarceration: We provide virtual healthy relationships workshops and support groups for caregivers and adults who have a loved one incarcerated. We provide virtual reentry services and case management for women returning from prison. We provide virtual youth development workshops, recreation and peer support for children of incarcerated parents. These services are available in NYC and Buffalo. To make a referral contact, Ivan Lucas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 929-514-0024).

Elder Reentry: Discharge planning, case management, and other assistance offered to those 50 or older. Contact Laura Roan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Wellness and Prevention: For Linkage and Connection services to virtual medical care at Montefiore, contact Natasha Diggs (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 917-853- 7693).

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