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New & Notable

Welcome to Our New Site!

Welcome to the new National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University–Camden. The center, which began as the Federal Resource Center on Children of Prisoners in the 1990s, joined forces with the Family and Corrections Network in 2003 creating the oldest and largest organization to focus on justice involved families in the US. ... Read more ...

Life Beyond Bars: Children with an Incarcerated Parent. Fact Sheet # 7 from the University of Wisconsin

“Life Beyond Bars: Children with an Incarcerated Parent,’ prepared by intern Neil Damron and released in November 2014, examines the latest research findings concerning the effects of a parent’s incarceration on children.” Read Full Release

Tools for Assessing Attachment for Children of the Incarcerated Central Connecticut State University and NRCCFI Survey

How do you measure children’s attachment to an incarcerated parent? How do you use the information? We are conducting a brief survey that will help us to understand current practices and procedures used to implement attachment assessments in a variety of settings. It is an exploratory effort to gather data which can potentially inform best ... Read more ...

The Echoes of Incarceration Project partnered with Sesame Street to create a powerful new film about visiting incarcerated parents.

The Echoes of Incarceration Project collaborates with Sesame Street:Echoes of Incarceration – which trains youth with incarcerated parents in filmmaking and advocacy skills, partnered with Sesame Street to create a powerful new film about visiting. It was released this week on the social media site Upworthy.  View the video HERE: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=905053386202187&pnref=storyIt has had  over 800,000 views ... Read more ...

Tools for Assessing Attachment for Children of the Incarcerated

Central Connecticut State University and NRCCFI are conducting a brief survey that will look at current practices and procedures used to implement attachment assessments for children of incarcerated parents.

Los Angeles Summit Will Explore the Latest Developments Regarding the Impact of Toxic Stress and Trauma on Children and Families of the Incarcerated

A Summit to explore the latest developments regarding the impact of toxic stress and trauma on children and families of the incarcerated and interventions and responses that promote their well-being. Expert speakers will include caregivers, youth and family members, scholars, law enforcement officials, and child welfare administrators. Read More.

S.E.E.K. 2014 findings discussed at meetings in Michigan

Meetings were convened in Flint and Lansing, Michigan on November 21,2014 by the Michigan Public Health Institute to discuss emerging issues among children of incarcerated parents and to communicate results from the Michigan longitudinal study, Project S.E.E.K (Services to Enable and Empower Children of Incarcerated Parents) Carol Burton, coordinator of the original Project S.E.E.K. which ... Read more ...

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National Programs

The Directory of Programs Serving Children and Families of the Incarcerated is an update of the Directory Programs Serving Families of Adult Offenders, dated October 2001. This revised directory lists programs in the United States and around the world that offer services specifically for children and families of adult offenders.

Programs Offering National Services

Alliance for Children and Families

Area Served: U.S. & Canada
Parent Organization: Alliance for Children and Families
Telephone: 1-800-221-3726
Address: 11700 W. Lake Park Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53224
Email: info@alliance1.org
Website: www.alliance1.org
Established: 1911
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: No
The Alliance for Children and Families, a national membership association, provides services to nonprofit child and family serving and economic empowerment organizations.Motivated by a vision of a healthy society and strong communities, we work to strengthen America’s nonprofit sector and through advocacy assure the sector’s continued independence. The Alliance, formed by the 1998 merger of Family Service America and the National Association of Homes and Services for Children, helps member agency leaders successfully meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges by drawing upon its more than 90 years of leadership in the human services community.

Amachi

Area Served: National
Telephone: 215-557-4418
Address: 2000 Market St., Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Email: mwalker@ppv.org
Website: www.amachimentoring.org
Established: 2000
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: No
Amachi provides training and technical assistance to mentoring children of prisoner programs nationwide.

Angel Tree

Area Served: National
Parent Organization: Prison Fellowship
Telephone: 800-552-6435, 800-55-ANGEL
Address: 44180 Riverside Parkway
Lansdowne, VA 20176
Email: angeltree@pfm.org
Website: www.angeltree.org
Established: 1982
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes
Provide Christmas gifts and the gospel message to children on behalf of their incarcerated parent in partnership with local churches. Programs throughout year include summer camping and mentoring.

Big Brothers Big Sisters National Office

Area Served: National
Address: 230 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 567-7000
Fax: (215) 567-0394
Email: actioncenter@bbbs.org
Website: http://www.bbbs.org
Established: 1927
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes
We are a one-to-one mentoring organization for children.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Telephone: 1-888-887-2447
Address: 450 East John Carpenter Frwy
Irving, TX 75062
Email: bbbstx@bbbstx.org
Website: http://www.bbbstx.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1927
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes
We are a one-to-one mentoring organization for children.

Children of Incarcerated Parents Mentoring

Area Served: National
Parent Organization: Notre Dame Mission Volunteers-AmeriCorps
Telephone: 410-532-6864
Address: 403 Markland Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21212
Email: natloffice@ndmva.org
Website: www.ndmva.org
Secondary Office: 403 Markland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21212
Established: 1992
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes
Notre Dame – AmeriCorps’s CHIP program provides one-on-one mentoring for children affected by parental incarceration.NDA also partners with area schools and social service agencies to provide educational support for youth and adults.

Family Services

Area Served: National
Parent Organization: Aleph Institute
Telephone: 305-864-5553
Address: 9540 Collins Avenue, P.O. Box 547127
Surfside, FL 33154
Email: receptionist@aleph-institute.org
Website: www.aleph-institute.org
Established: 1981
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes
We assist the Jewish families and children of those currently incarcerated. We connect them with local community support, assist with traveling expenses to visit the inmate and set up support between the families of those incarcerated.

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Area Served: National
Parent Organization: Department of Justice
Telephone: 202-307-3198
Address: 320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Email: None
Website: http://www.bop.gov/inmate_programs/index.jsp
Established: 1930
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: No
Provides parent education, family living skills and family literacy education at most institutions. Provides prenatal care and information to pregnant prisoners. The Mothers and Inmates Nurturing Together (MINT) program enables some expectant female offenders to be placed in a community facility the last three months of pregnancy and to remain at these facilities in order to bond with their child before returning to an institution to complete their sentence.

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars

Area Served: National
Parent Organization: Girl Scouts of USA
Telephone: (800) GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or (212) 852-8000
Address:  420 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Email:  misc@girlscouts.org
Website:  http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/our_partners/initiatives/gsbb.asp
Established: 1992
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes
The goals of the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) program are to lessen the impact of parental separation due to incarceration, to foster the personal and social development of girls and their mothers, and to provide girls with the opportunity to participate with their parents in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Parents and their daughters take an active leadership role in the planning and implementation of Girl Scout program activities and also participate in facilitated discussions about family life, conflict resolution, and the prevention of violence and drug abuse. After release, parents and daughters can continue to participate in troop meetings in their communities, making Girl Scouting a consistent presence in their lives.

Hope House

Area Served: National with a special focus on the DC Metro Area
Telephone: 301-408-1452
Address: PO Box 60682
Washington, DC 20039
Email: cfennelly@aol.com
Website: www.hopehousedc.org
Established: 1998
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes
Hope House has three main goals: (1) to strengthen families and in particular, the relational bonds between children and their fathers imprisoned far from home; (2) to reduce the isolation, stigma, shame and risk these families experience when fathers and husbands are imprisoned; and (3) to raise public awareness about this most at-risk population.

Institute on Violence, Abuse, & Trauma

Area Served: National
Parent Organization: NoneTelephone: 858-527-1860
Address: 10065 Old Grove Road, Suite 101
San Diego, CA 92131
Email: forensics@alliant.edu
Website: http://ivatcenters.org/
Established: 2005
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes
Professional services offered at IVAT include conducting child custody evaluations, psychological testing, forensic evaluations, and conducting treatment of a variety of emotional and behavioral problems.Additional direct services available through IVAT include:individual, family, re-unification, and group therapy; supervised visitation; and parenting skills classes.Therapy is provided to people with a variety of different problems in our comprehensive program.All services are provided on a sliding fee scale.

The Messages Project

Area Served: National
Address: PO Box 8325 9711
8th View St. Suite 11
Norfolk, VA 23503
E-mail: list@themessagesproject.org
Website: http://www.themessagesproject.org/
Phone: No Phone
Established: 1999
Volunteer Opportunities? Yes
The Messages Project is focused on the children left behind when a parent is incarcerated prisons in Virginia, Nebraska, and Missouri several times a year to create videotapes or DVDs from incarcerated parents to their children. The recordings are mailed home to children and families, often with a book that was read as part of the message.

National Bill of Rights Policy partnership for Children of the Incarcerated: A 14-State Initiative

Area Served: National
Telephone: 501-366-3647
Address: 5414 Edgewood RoadLittle Rock, AR 72207
Email: borpartnership@yahoo.com
Website: www.nationalBORpartnership.net
Established: 2006
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: YesThe National Bill of Rights Policy Partnership for children of the Incarcerated is a coalition of 14 state groups that came together as part of the OSI technical assistance fellowship of Dee Ann Newell, to seek the implementation of the Bill of Rights within the 14 regions. The partnership remains as an advocacy group seeking changes in policies and practices to insure the health and well-being of all children impacted by parental incarceration.

National Parents and Families Network

Area Served: National
Parent Organization: NIPFN
Telephone: 717-943-2492
Address: P.O. Box 6745
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Email: Cstuartconsult@aol.com
Website: www.incarceratedparents.org
Established: 2004
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes
1. Responsible Parenting Training and Consulting 2. Re-Entry, Recidivism Training and Consulting 4. Community Engagement Training and Consulting. 5. Curriculum Writing and Consulting 6. Counseling and Consulting on Children of Incarcerated Parents. 7. Lecturing and Workshops on issues of Incarceration as it pertains to the family unit and society as a whole. 8. Consulting and Training on how to work with the prison and correctional system. 9. Consulting and Training on Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents.

Parenting & Family Healing

Area Served: National
Parent Organization: Bethesda Family Services Foundation
Telephone: 570-523-0605
Address: 88 Bull Run Crossing, Suite 1
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Email: staff@bfsf.org
Website: www.bfsf.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1995
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes
Provide parenting and family healing to incarcerated individuals; train counselors, educators, and others in Relational Healing and Peer Governance Models.

Prisoner Visitation and Support

Area Served: National
Telephone: 215-241-7117
Address: 1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email: pvs@afsc.org
Website: www.prisonervisitation.org
Established: 1968
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes
PVS is the only nationwide, interfaith visitation program given access by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Defense to visit all federal and military prisoners.We have 300 volunteers across the U.S. who regularly visit at over 90 federal and military prisons

PrisonMail.org

Area Served: National/International
Telephone: 814-742-7500
Address: PO Box 1602
Altoona, PA 16603
Email: info@prisonmail.org
Website: www.prisonmail.org
Established: 2004
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: No
PrisonMail simplifies communication and encourages constant correspondence between prisoners and their family and loved ones.It uses the convenience of the internet to allow those with incarcerated loved ones to send messages on a regular basis.

National CURE

Area Served: National
Address: PO Box 2310
Washington, DC 20013
Email: cure@curenational.org
Website: www.curenational.org
Phone: 202-789-2126
Established: 1972
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: No
International CURE organizes people incarcerated and their loved ones to bring about prison reform. These reforms will reduce crime.

Volunteers of America

Area Served: National
Telephone: 703-341-5000
Address: 1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Website: http://www.voa.org/Get-Help/National-Network-of-Services/Corrections
Established: 2002
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes
Provides literacy and family strengthening programming for incarcerated parents and their children. Parents take a class then read and record books. The recordings are given to the children along with a book bag, personal tape player and other supplies.

Wings Ministry & Wings for L.I.F.E.

Area Served: National – International
Telephone: 505-291-6412
Address: 2270 D Wyoming Blvd NE #130
Albuquerque, NM 87112
Email: AnnEdenfield@WingsMinistry.org
Website: www.WingsMinistry.org
Established: 1995
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes
Wings Ministry – Christ’s unconditional love shared with all families of prisoners. Wings for L.I.F.E. – Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education

U.S. Dream Academy

Area Served: National
Telephone: 410-772-7143
Address: 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 300
Columbia, MD 21044
Email: info@usdreamacademy.org
Website: www.usdreamacademy.org
Established: 1998
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes
Provides children in grades 3 through 8 daily after-school programming that includes on-line academic enrichment, which is the cornerstone of the Skill-building component, Dream building and Character building. Homework assistance and one to one mentoring is also provided. Programs currently in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; East Orange, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Orlando, FL;Houston, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; Memphis, TN; Los Angeles, CA; Indianapolis, IN

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