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.


Children of Incarcerated Parents (COIP)
Contact Us
Homeless Education Helpline:
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Fax: 336-315-7457
5900 Summit Avenue #201
Brown's Summit, NC 27214

Accountability and Assessment
Best Interest and School Selection
Charter Schools
Children of Incarcerated Parents (COIP) | Incarceration
COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Credit Accrual
Chronic Absence
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
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
Rural Homelessness
Scholarships for Higher Education
School Counselor Support for Students Experiencing Homelessness
School Personnel Resources
School Selection and Best Interest
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
Trauma-Informed Care | Trauma-Specific Services
Tutoring and Extended Day Learning
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Videos: Awareness Videos on Homelessness and Homeless Education

Edwin Gould Services for Children
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

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

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

The Osborne Association
175 Remsen St.
Suite 800
Brooklyn, NY 11201

809 Westchester Ave.
Bronx, NY 10455

The Community Health Center of Buffalo
34 Benwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214

2090 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
New York, NY 10027

388 Ann St.
Newburgh, NY 12550

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).

Project AVARY
PO Box 150088
San Rafael, CA 94915-0088

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.

Youth Violence Prevention
Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
1816 12th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 758-0829
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Free Minds members who are now home read and discuss their own work and those of members still incarcerated through “On the Same Page: Free Minds Poetry in the Community and the Classroom.” These events, led by Free Minds members known as Poet Ambassadors, offer a new way to engage with issues of youth violence and incarceration and to find healing through the powerful medium of creative writing. “On the Same Page” events are held with diverse audiences across the city. We frequently meet with students (middle school, high school, or college) as well as community groups (offices, churches, organizations, book clubs, etc.).

If you have not received a response within two weeks, please send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
875 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105-3076
1-888-962-5529 651-227-9171
Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Child Protection Clinic

Students in the Child Protection Clinic represent parents after their children have been removed from their home. They appear on behalf of their clients at all court hearings, contested trials and on appeal. They also work with social work students to provide support to the parents outside the court system. Students who enroll for subsequent semesters have an opportunity to represent kin and youth involved in the child welfare system. Participation in the Child Protection Clinic meets the experiential requirement in the Child Welfare Certificate.

The Safer Society Foundation
P.O. Box 340
Brandon, VT 05733-0340
Tel: (802) 247-3132
Fax: (802) 247-4233

We are happy to announce that we are ready to expand our successful mentoring program for Vermont children of incarcerated parents to include children who have been removed from their homes by social services and are being cycled in and out of foster care. For these at-risk children, whose lives are characterized by instability, fear, and turmoil, the New Circle Mentoring program provides the constancy of a five-year-long mentoring relationship, which can be a key factor in helping them overcome the obstacles on their paths to healthy adulthood.

Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth
Bluhm Legal Clinic
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-3069
312.503.8576 phone
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Before 2008, however, no attention had been focused on those people who may be most likely to be wrongfully convicted: children and adolescents. The Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY) – a joint project of the Center on Wrongful Convictions and the Children and Family Justice Center – was created to address the unique problems faced by wrongfully accused youth.

Friends Outside
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.

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