Organizations In Support of Children and Families of the Incarcerated
Series: Related Organizations Lists
Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway
Includes organizations that provide services to support and advocate for the children and families of incarcerated people. If you are aware of any others, please contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at OrganizationUpdates@childwelfare.gov. Specific resources about family centered services for incarcerated parents, their children, and families may be found on our website at:
Supporting Children and Families Affected by Parental Incarceration.
Inclusion on this list is for information purposes and does not constitute an endorsement by Child Welfare Information Gateway or the Children's Bureau.
America On Track
600 W Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, California 92701
Phone: (714) 531-7144
America On Track’s Brighter Futures for Children of Prisoners program was developed to create opportunities for children of prisoners who are innocent victims of adverse childhood experiences in challenging environments.
Annie E. Casey Foundation
701 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone: (410) 547-6600
Fax: (410) 547-6624
The Annie E. Casey Foundation works to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families. The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families.
Assisting Families of Inmates
1 North 5th Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 643-2401
The mission of AFOI is to provide opportunities for regular, meaningful visitation, referrals to community resources, and other services that help families cope with incarceration and prepare for release and reunification. AFOI is one of only a handful of such programs to provide these services in Virginia and across the United States.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
2502 N. Rocky Point Drive
Tampa, Florida 33607
Phone: (813) 720-8778
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America(BBSA) is a federation of agencies that enables adult volunteers, through a matching and mentoring program, to serve as friends, mentors, and role models for school-aged children and teens. The BBBSA agencies provide professional casework support and locally-focused programs. Many of the agencies also provide programs for children of the incarcerated through their Amachi program
Child Welfare Information Gateway
330 C Street, S.W
Washington, District of Columbia 20201
Toll-Free: (800) 394-3366
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects professionals and the general public to information and resources targeted to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to programs, research, laws and policies, training resources, statistics, and much more.
P.O. Box 89308
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
Phone: (404) 223-1200
Foreverfamily provides services to children of incarcerated parents and their families with the purpose of ensuring that, no matter what the circumstances, all children have the opportunity to be surrounded by the love of family.
Foreverfamily also offers an intensive training geared to develop, strengthen and enhance efforts to meet the unique needs of children with incarcerated parents.
7272 Murray Drive
Stockton, California 95210
Phone: (209) 955-0701
Fax: (209) 955-0735
Friends Outside is a proactive child and family advocacy organization that helps families, children, and incarcerated individuals cope with the trauma of arrest and incarceration, find a new direction, and move forward with their lives. Friends Outside only offers direct services in California but is a national leader in advocating for the rights of children of incarcerated parents.
Girl Scouts Beyond Bars
4806 Seton Dr.
Baltimore, Maryland 21215
Phone: (410) 358-9711
Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) is a program offered in 15 States that focuses on the daughters of incarcerated women. It aims to break the intergenerational cycle of incarceration by maintaining the mother-daughter bond, strengthening the self-esteem of both mothers and daughters, lessening the anxiety experienced by children of incarcerated parents, and providing these children with positive role models.
KidsMates Inc. is a national non-profit organization co-founded by children of incarcerated parents. KidsMates Inc.’s advocacy seeks to raise awareness about parental incarceration and its lifelong negative impacts to affected children. The organization implements initiatives aimed at improving outcomes, fostering resilience, and empowering children of incarcerated parents.
National GAINS Center
5600 Fishers Lane
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Rockville, Maryland 20857
Phone: (877) 726-4727
The National GAINS Center serves as a national site for the collection and dissemination of information about effective mental health and substance abuse services for people with co-occurring disorders in contact with the justice system.
The GAINS Center is funded by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
National Institute of Corrections
320 First Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20534
Phone: (202) 307-3106
Toll-Free: (800) 995-6423
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) provides training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance to Federal, State, and local corrections agencies.
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
810 7th St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Phone: (202) 307-5911
Fax: (202) 307-2093
OJJDP's mission is to provide national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP accomplishes this by supporting States and local communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it maintains public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitation tailored to the needs of families and individuals.
44180 Riverside Parkway
Lansdowne, Virginia 20176
Phone: (800) 206-9764
Prison Fellowship trains and inspires churches and communities inside and outside of prisons to support the restoration of those affected by incarceration. They train correctional leaders, volunteers, and incarcerated men and women to make prisons more rehabilitative places. The Prison Fellowship advocates for a more restorative criminal justice system and collaborating with churches and local service providers to support former prisoners, their families, and their communities.
PO Box 150088
San Rafael, California 94915-0088
Phone: (415) 457-8799
Project Avary's mission is to help children heal from the impact of having a parent in prison. They do this by surrounding youth with a long-term, supportive community of peer and adult mentors and by empowering them with leadership development skills so they can break free from generational cycles of trauma and incarceration.
Rainbows for All Children
614 Dempster Street
Evanston, Illinois 60202
Phone: (847) 952-1770
Rainbows for All Children (Rainbows) is dedicated to being the premier source of support for all youth as they navigate grief and heal from loss, whether from death, divorce, deployment of parents or other trauma.
Save Kids of Incarcerated Parents (SKIP)
669 Bush Dr.
Hope Hull, Alabama 36043
Phone: (334) 549-9674
SKIP's mission is to provide support services to children of incarcerated parents and their families and to increase public awareness of the underlying challenges these children face through education, advocacy, and research.
The Messages Project
PO Box 8325
Norfolk, Virginia 23503
The Messages Project is a nonprofit organization that enables children of incarcerated parents to maintain and rebuild relationships with their mothers and fathers.
The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated
405-7 Cooper St.
NRCCFI at Rutgersâ€“Camden
Camden, New Jersey 08102
Phone: (856) 225-2718
The mission of The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated (NRCCFI) is to show criminal justice system, other institutions, and society that families of prisoners are valued resources in supporting family empowerment, integrity, and self-determination. NRCCFI publishes information on children of prisoners, parenting programs for prisoners, prison visiting, incarcerated fathers, hospitality programs, and a variety of other topics.
U.S. Dream Academy
5950 Symphony Woods Rd.
Columbia, Maryland 21044
Phone: (410) 772-7143
The U.S. Dream Academy is committed to helping our nation's children reach for their dreams. Through academic, social, and values enrichment, they empower those children most at risk of incarceration to believe in themselves and to succeed.
Volunteers of America (VOA)
1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 341-5000
VOA provides services that are designed locally to address specific community needs. Their common areas of focus include promoting self-sufficiency for the homeless and for others overcoming personal crises, caring for the elderly and disabled while fostering their independence, and supporting positive development for troubled and at-risk children and youth.
WE GOT US NOW
WE GOT US NOW advocates for the well-being of children and young adults with incarcerated parents. Built and led by individuals directly impacted by parental incarceration, WE GOT US NOW recognizes ALL children from this subpopulation by creating safe and inclusive spaces, producing digital narratives, and building a network of leaders with lived experience who work alongside partners to ensure the most just, equitable, and supportive future outcomes.
Toll-Free: (877) 231-7843
Youth.gov is the U.S. government website that helps professionals create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help professionals assess community assets, generate maps of local and Federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.