The Directory of Programs Serving Children and Families of the Incarcerated is an update of the Directory of 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 the incarcerated.


Alabama

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Shoals, Inc

Area Served: Colbert, Lauderdale & Franklin Counties, Alabama
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 256-248-1931
Address: 505 N. Columbia Ave Sheffield, AL 35660
E-mail: gina@bbbsshoals.org
Website: www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org
Secondary Office: P.O. Box 652, Florence, AL 35630
Established: 1987
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest & largest national mentoring program.We match children between the ages of 5 and 15 with adult volunteers.Our vision is successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them contributing to better schools, brighter futures, and stronger communities for all.

Mentoring Children of Promise

Parent Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham
Area Served: Greater Birmingham Area – Jefferson, Shelby, Saint Clair, Blount and Walker Counties
Address: 1901 14th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205
E-mail: aalfano@bbbsbhm.org
Website: www.bbbsbhm.org
Phone: 205-939-5590 ext. 35 Shelby Belmount
Established: 1973
Volunteer Opportunities? Yes

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to help children reach their potential through one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Vision is successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all.

SKIP, Inc. Community Resource Services

Area Served: AL and MI
Parent Organization:  Save Kids of Incarcerated Parents
Telephone:  334/269-4141
Address: 3438 Lexington Road
Montgomery, AL 36111 USA
Email: gjwilliams@skipinc.org
Website: skipinc.org
Secondary Office:
Secondary Phone: 334-549-9674
Established: 1979
Volunteer Opportunities? Yes

Our Missions to provide supportive services to children of incarcerated parents and their families, and to increase public awareness of the underlying problems of these children as victims.

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Arizona

Family Resource Center

Area Served: Maricopa County, AZ
Parent Organization: Child Crisis Center
Telephone: 480-834-9424
Address: PO Box 4114
Mesa, AZ 85211
E-mail: frc@childcrisis.org
Web site: None
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1996
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Parenting & parent support services for any family, including those with an incarcerated parent. Our work also includes programming for Relatives As Parents.

MentorKids USA

Area Served: Greater Phoenix, Arizona
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 480-767-6707
Address: 8960 E Raintree Dr. Ste. 300
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
E-mail: info@mentorkidsusa.org
Web site: www.mentorkidsusa.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1997
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

MentorKids USA is a faith-based organization dedicated to providing at-risk youth (including children of incarcerated parents) with caring adult mentors.

Middle Ground Prison Reform

Area Served: Arizona
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 480-966-8116
Address: 139 East Encanto Drive Tempe, AZ 85281-6624
E-mail: middlegroundprisonreform@msn.com
Websitehttp://www.middlegroundprisonreform.org/
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1983
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

To protect and define the rights and responsibilities of the incarcerated through public education, legislative advocacy and civil rights litigation.

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Arkansas

Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind, Inc.

Area Served: State of Arkansas
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 501-366-3647
Address: 1114 Garland Street, P.O. Box 215002
Little Rock, AR 72225
E-mail: BORPartnership@yahoo.com
Web site:www.arkansasvoices.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1994
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind is a statewide, non-profit organization whose sole mission is to serve children left behind in the care of relatives due to parental incarceration and other reasons. We offer direct services and advocacy/trainingthroughout the state. Our mission is “Justice for children left behind, including family, social, racial, economic, and educational justice.”

Club Buddies- BECOME A STAR

Area Served: Benton County Arkansas
Parent Organization: Boys and Girls Club of Benton County
Telephone: 479-273-7187
Address: PO Box 448
Bentonville, AR 72712
E-mail: sabrina.rampy@cox-internet.com
Web site: www.bgcbentoncounty.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1991
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Mentoring and after school and summer youth development programs.Club Buddies works with Benton County children ages 4-18 who have one or more incarcerated parent. Enrollment includes free membership to the Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC), some monetary incentives, and most importantly a match with a qualifying mentor (Club Buddy).

Family Matters/Grandparent Demonstration Project, Parenting Inside and Out and One Voice Youth Leadership Program

Area Served: Five counties in the state of Arkansas: St. Francis, Phillips, Benton, Washington, Pulaski
Parent Organization: Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind
Telephone: 501-366-3647
Address: P.O. Box 251002 1114 Garland Street Little Rock, AR 72225
Email: deeann@arkansasvoices.org
Website: www.arkansasvoices.org
Established: 1994
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Provides direct services for all family members impacted by a loved one’s incarceration (children, parents, relative caregivers, foster parents, brothers, sisters, etc.), mentoring for children of incarcerated parents, school-based groups for children and youth impacted by incarceration, support groups and continuum of services for relative caregivers and the children, training,  advocacy coalitions concerning children of the incarcerated in foster care, anti-shackling of pregnant, and incarcerated women.  Grandparents Left Behind, advocates on behalf of grandparents who are locked out of their grandchild’s lives when the children enter foster care.  Also holds an annual Southern Summit Conference on Children of the Incarcerated.  

HIP Mentoring Program

Area Served: Counties in SW Arkansas and Bowie County in Texas
Parent Organization: Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health Center, Inc.
Telephone: 870-773-4655
Address: 2904 Arkansas Boulevard
Texarkana, AR 71854
E-mail: mschroeder@swacmhc.com
Web site: None
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2004
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

The HIP Mentoring Program is a mentoring program for children with incarcerated parents in the Texarkana area of Arkansas.

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Baltimore

U.S Dream Academy

Area Served: Baltimore
Telephone: 410-772-7143
Address: 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 300?Columbia, MD 21044?
Texarkana, AR 71854
E-mail: info@usdreamacademy.org
Web sitewww.usdreamacademy.org
Secondary Office: None
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

California

Centerforce

Area Served: San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno Central Valley
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 415-456-9980
Address: 2955 Kerner Blvd., 2nd floor
San Rafael, CA 94901
E-mail: cburton@centerforce.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1971
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Centerforce provides services that support, educate and advocate for individuals, families and communities impacted by incarceration.

Community Mentoring Connections

Area Served: Regional counties surrounding Sacramento, California
Parent Organization: Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency
Telephone: 209-533-1397, ext. 229
Address: 427 N. Hwy. 49, Ste. 305
Sonora, CA 95370
E-mail: elinehan@atcaa.org
Web site: http://ca-mentor.com/children-&-families/family-support-services
Secondary Office: 935 South State Hwy 49,Jackson, CA95370
Established:
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Community Mentoring Connection is a regional program matching youth with incarcerated parents with caring adult mentors.

Families and Criminal Justice

Area Served: Varies by project; 3 national projects, 1 statewide project (California), 2 regional projects (Southern California) and 1 local project (Los Angeles County)
Parent Organization: None
Telephone:
Address: Box 50-683
Los Angeles, CA 90050
E-mail: WritetoFCJ@hotmail.com
Web site: www.familiesandcriminaljustice.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1989
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: No

The Center conducts research, produces and distributes publications, provides technical assistance, trains professionals and offers direct services.The Center’s program of direct services includes educational services, therapeutic services and family reunification services.All services are free to children of criminal offenders and their families.

Friends Outside

Area Served: California
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 209-955-0701
Address: PO Box 4085 Stockton, CA 95204
E-mail: info@friendsoutside.org
Web site: www.friendsoutside.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1955
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Programs and services for people impacted by incarceration, including children and families.  Programs include assistance with reentry and family reunification; parenting education, fatherhood programs, alternatives to violence and anger management for incarcerated people.

Get on the Bus

Area Served: California
Parent Organization: The Center for Restorative Justice Works
Telephone: (818) 980-7714
Address: 6400 Laurel Canyon Blvd. Ste 304
North Hollywood, CA 91606
E-mail: info@crjw.us
Contact: Amalia Molina
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2000
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Get On The Bus brings children and their caregivers from throughout the state of California to visit their mothers & fathers in prison for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Get On The Bus offers free transportation for the children and their caregivers to the prison. In 2015, we will bring about 1,500 children and their caregivers to 9 prisons throughout California.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)

Area Served: California
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 415-255-7036
Address: 1540 Market St, Suite 490
San Francisco, CA 94102
E-mailinfo@prisonerswithchildren.org
Web site: www.prisonerswithchildren.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1978
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

LSPC organizes communities impacted by the criminal justice system and advocates to release incarcerated people, to restore human and civil rights and to reunify families and communities. We build public awareness of structural racism in policing, the courts and prison system and we advance racial and gender justice in all our work. Our strategies include legal support, trainings, advocacy, public education, grassroots mobilization and developing community partnerships.

Lifting Lives

Area Served: Los Angeles, California
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 626-376-5463
Address: P. O. Box 94019
Pasadena, CA 91109
E-mail: rtaylor220_2000@yahoo.com
Web site: None
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2001
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Provide mentoring, tutoring, counseling, and support to children whose parents are incarcerated.

Mentoring Works

Area Served: Amador and Tuolumne County
Parent Organization: Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency
Telephone: 209-533-1397, ext. 229
Address: 427 N. Hwy. 49, Ste. 305
Sonora, CA 95370
E-mail: elinehan@atcaa.org
Web site: atcaa.org
Secondary Office: 935 South State Hwy 49, Jackson, CA 95370
Established: 12
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Mentoring Works provides one-on-one matches in Amador and Tuolumne Counties between caring adults and children needing a friend.

POPS the Club 

Area Served: National
Parent Organization: POPstheclub.com, Inc.
Telephone: 310-709-2484
Address: 4160 Lyceum Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066
E-mail: popsvenice@gmail.com
Web site: www.popstheclub.com
Secondary Office: POPStheclub.com, Inc. c/o Dennis Danziger Venice High School 13000 Venice Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90066
Contact: Amy Friedman
Email: amy@amyfriedman.net
Established: 2013
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

POPStheclub.com, Inc. is a nonprofit dedicated to creating and supporting clubs in high schools across the country for students whose lives have been touched by prison. We are arts-based, publishing POPS students’ works (writing and artwork) in annual anthologies. We support in-school clubs that offer camaraderie, nurturing, compassion, and community for those who too often carry around the pain associated with having an association to prison–those with loved ones who are or have served time and those who have themselves served time.

Project AVARY

Area Served: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 415-382-8799
Address: 385 Bel Marin Keys, Suite G
Novato, CA 94949
E-mail: info@projectavary.org
Web site: www.projectavary.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1999
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Project AVARY offers longterm support and enrichment for children and youth with a parent in prison or jail.Our program services include a summer camp, monthly outings, leadership training, and family support.

Santa Rita Inmate Services

Area Served: Alameda County, California
Parent Organization: Teaching and Loving Kids (T.A.L.K.)
Telephone: 925-551-6580
Address: 5325 Broder Blvd.
Dublin, CA 94583
E-mail: dimsplace@aol.com
Web site: None
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1990
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: No

Provides parenting, life skills, and reunification training with enhanced visitation for program participants.

Start with a Story

Parent Organization: Alameda County Library
Area Served: Alameda County, CA
Address: 2450 Stevenson Blvd. Freemont, CA 94538
E-mail: seas@aclibrary.org
Website: http://startwithastory.wordpress.com/
Phone: 510-745-1511
Established: 2007
Volunteer Opportunities? Yes

“Start With a Story”, a project of the Alameda County Library, delivers story times, free books, and family literacy activities to children, ages 1-16 years old, who visit their parents at jails in Alameda County. More than 125 children are served through this program each week.

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Colorado

Colorado Family Education, Resources & Training CFERT

Area Served: State of Colorado
Parent Organization: Colorado State University Extension
Telephone: 800-457-2736; 970-491-3904
Address: 700 S Mason Institute of Applied Prevention Research (Sage Hall)Fort Collins, CO
E-mail: cweitzel@colotate.edu
Web site:www.ext.colostate.edu
Contact: Christine Cerbana, CFERT Program Director
Email: christine.cerbana@colostate.edu
Direct Phone: 970-491-2101
Established: 2000
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

CFERT offers training/workshops that are focused on the professional development of parent educators, prevention specialists and early childhood care and education professionals. We equip the State of Colorado to help agencies and communities implement family education programs such as Partners in Parenting, Make Parenting a Pleasure, Family Development Training & Credentialing, Strengthening Families, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Brainwise and Effective Training.CFERT also offers a parenting resource library. CFERT is funded by the Division of Behavioral Health and the Department of Corrections.back to top

Connecticut

Families in Crisis, Inc.

Area Served: State of Connecticut
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 860-727-5800
Address: 60 Popieluszko Court
Hartford, CT 6106
E-mail: www.familiesincrisis.org
Web site: www.familiesincrisis.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1979
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

FIC is a private non-profit agency that provides family counseling and case management services, family reunification support, domestic violence intervention, parent education and transportation for families to visit loved ones in prison in Connecticut.

Fresh Start Community Reentry Program

Area Served: Connecticut – Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stamford, and five prison sites.
Parent Organization: Family ReEntry, Inc.
Telephone: 203-838-0496
Address: Administrative Offices, 9 Mott Avenue, Suite 104
Norwalk, CT 6850
E-mail: info@familyreentry.org
Web site: www.familyreentry.org
Secondary Office: 126 Washington Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 6604
Established: 1984
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Family ReEntry’s efforts are aimed at comprehensively and effectively addressing the enormous social problems related to crime, violence, abuse, and the unprecedented rates of costly incarceration.Our wide range of behavioral health, substance abuse, case management, domestic violence, mentoring, violence prevention, and parenting programs along with our innovative community reentry program, reentry housing pilot project, and cutting-edge entrepreneurial employment and training businesses help empower individuals and strengthen families & communities; resulting in increased public safety, reduced cost to taxpayers, and vast improvements in quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

Institute for Municipal & Regional Policy

Area Served: Connecticut
Parent Organization– Central CT State University
Telephone : 860 832 1873
Address: – 114 Vance Academic Center; 1615 Stanley Street New Britain, CT 06050
Email: keaysaik@ccsu.edu
Web site: http://www.ccsu.edu/imrpimrp
Established: 2007
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities? Yes

Since fiscal year 2008 the IMRP has been receiving annual funding from the Connecticut General Assembly to administer competitive grants for providing positive interventions for at-risk youth whose parent(s) and/or family members have been incarcerated. All of these services are being evaluated using a mixed methods action research model by CCSU faculty, students and staff as part of the IMRP project evaluation team. Additionally, over the past few years the IMRP has leveraged CCSU’s resources by 1) partnering with several University faculty, classes, and individual students on community engagement initiatives aimed at this population and 2) increasing overall awareness of the issue through print and visual media and the hosting of a statewide conference. The overall goal is to use the various data and knowledge gained in all of our efforts to inform intervention and public policy development.

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Delaware

Mentoring Children of Prisoners

Area Served: New Castle & Sussex counties of Delaware
Parent Organization: Professional Counseling Resources
Telephone: 302-656-7737
Address: 2500 W 4th StSuite 5B
Wilmington, DE 19805
Established: None
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

The Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program (MCP) serves youth ages 4-18. MCP provides weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions and periodic group activities for mentoring interactions between mentors and mentees.Mentors receive individual and/or group training and commit 1-hour a week for one year to have fun and build a relationship with a mentee.This small commitment fosters long term mentoring relationships and can help change the lives of children and stop the cycle of incarceration.

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Florida

Father & Child Resource Center

Area Served: Martin County, Florida
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: None
Address: 2026 S E Ocean Blvd
Stuart, FL 34996
E-mail: dcardno@mchealthystart.org
Web site: None
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2000
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Services designed to help fathers play a productive role in their children’s lives

Mentors Opening Doors Enriching Lives (MODEL) Mentoring Program

Area Served: Central Florida
Parent Organization: Children’s Home Society of Florida
Telephone: 321-397-3000
Address: 1485 S. Semoran Blvd Suite 1402
Winter Park, FL 32792
E-mail: amanda.choos@chsfl.org
Web site: www.chsfl.org
Contact: Amanda Choos, Volunteer Coordinator
Email: amanda.choos@chsfl.org
Direct Phone: 321-397-3002
Secondary Office: None
Established:
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

MODEL Mentoring is a one to one community-based mentoring program for children that have at least one parent or parental figure in state or federal prison. Youth must be 4-18 years old and live in Seminole Orange or Osceola County.

R.I.S.E. (Relations of Inmates Supporting Each Other)

Area Served: Statewide
Address: 413 W Imogene St Arcadia, FL 34266
E-mail: generalquestions@riseflorida.org
Website:
Phone: none
Established:  2007
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes

R.I.S.E. – Relations of Inamtes Supporting Each-other offers, quarterly newsletters, carpool information, website, womens/family retreats, and a summer program for children with an incarcerated parent

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Georgia

Foreverfamily

Area Served: Atlanta and surrounding area
Parent Organization:
Phone: (404)658-9606
Address: 765 McDaniel Street, S. W. Suite 3104 Atlanta, GA 30310
Email:
Website: http://www.foreverfam.org/
Secondary Office:
Established: 1987
Volunteer Opportunities?: Yes

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.

Mentoring Children of Promise in Central Georgia

Area Served: 15 counties in Central Georgia: Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Greene, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Laurens, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Washington, Wilkinson
Parent Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia
Telephone: 478-745-3984
Address: 777 Walnut StreetMacon, GA 31201
E-mail: dianna.glymph@bbbsheartga.org; agency@bbbsheartga.org
Web site: www.bbbsheartga.org
Secondary Office: 320 Hancock, Milledgeville, GA31061
Established: 1953
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Provide screened and trained mentors for children of incarcerated parents.

 

Isabella’s Book Club 

Area Served: Georgia
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: (470) 515-2451
Address: PO Box 51 Cumming, GA 30028
E-mail: isabellesbookclub@gmail.coom
Web site: www.isabellesbookclub.org
Established: 2013
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

We help children with incarcerated parents by distributing books during visitation at correctional institutions. We also provide a supply of books at their schools, which are available through the counselor’s offices. 

Camp Hope, Mentors4Hope, Interns4Tomorrow

Area Served: Metro Atlanta Counties
Parent Organization: kidz2leader, Inc.
Telephone: (770) 977-7751
Address: 4385 Lower Roswell Road Marietta, GA 30068
E-mail: info@kidz2leaders.org
Web site: www.kidz2leaders.org
Established: 1999
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: No

kidz2leaders works to change the direction of the lives of children of inmates by providing Christian programming and a fun environment.

Hawaii

Supporting Families Affected by Incarceration

Area Served: Hawaii
Parent Organization: Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Centers
Telephone: 808-843-2502
Address: 3097 Kalihi Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
E-mail: contact@keikiokaain.org
Web site: www.keikiokaaina.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2003
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Services for children, caregivers, and incarcerated parents through mentoring, parenting classes, and parent-child interactive sessions to help families maintain bonds and children to thrive despite being affected by incarceration.

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Idaho

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Illinois

Amachi

Area Served: Illinois
Parent Organization: Tower of Refuge, Inc.
Telephone:  217-241-9911
Address: 329 S New St Springfield, IL 62704
Email: info@towerofrefugeinc.com
Secondary Office:
Secondary Phone:
Established: 2005
Volunteer Opportunities? Yes

Tower of Refuge is a grassroots organization whose primary purpose is to reduce the rate of recidivism in the state of Illinois through various programs and community effort. We provide a continuum of services to address the complete needs of individuals who are incarcerated, once were incarcerated and their families. Our services include training, education, counseling, HIV/AIDS awareness and homelessness prevention through housing assistance.  Our services and programs focus on improving the successful continuous rehabilitation of the incarcerated and the formerly incarcerated while rebuilding and reconciling family relationships.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois

Area Served: Illinois counties of St. Clair, Madison, Clinton and Monroe
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 618-398-3162
Address: 6400 West Main, Suite 1G Belleville, IL 62223
E-mail: bbbsbell@peaknet.net
Web site: www.bbbsil.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1980
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois is a donor supported one-to-one mentoring organizations. Our mission is to provide a Big Brother or Big Sisters for every child who wants and needs one.

CLAIM – Legal Aid on Family Matters

Area Served: Illinois
Parent Organization: Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM)
Telephone: 312-675-0912; incarcerated mothers can call 312-675-0911
Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 1120 Chicago, IL 60601-5950
E-mail: amansfield@claim-il.org
Web site: cgla.net/claim
Secondary Office: Edwardsville office; 241 N Main St, Suite 400, Edwardsville, IL 62025-1603
Established: 1985
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

CLAIM offers free legal aid for incarcerated mothers and for children’s caregivers in Illinois.  We represent mothers and guardians in Cook County courts.  We draft court documents for cases throughout Illinois.  We teach classes on family law for mothers in jail and prison.

Grace House

Area Served: Chicago Illinois and suburbs
Parent Organization: St. Leonard’s Ministries
Telephone: 312-733-7860
Address: 1801 West Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60612
E-mail: gh-bd@ix.netcom.com
Web site: None
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1994
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

A long-term interim housing program for women coming directly out of incarceration.Parenting, education, employment training, substance -abuse and psychological services for women.We have a family re-connection education and therapy program for children, residents and other family members.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Area Served: Illinois
Parent Organization: Prisoner and Family Ministry
Telephone: 847-635-4600
Address: 1001 E. Touhy Ave., Suite 50
Des Plaines, IL 60018
E-mail: jane.otte@lssi.org
Web site: www.lssi.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1867
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Provides support to incarcerated men and women, and their children and caregivers. Services include transportation for Visits to Moms (incarcerated in Illinois); family literacy programs for incarcerated mothers and fathers at 19 jails and prisons to record storybooks that are sent to their children; support groups for caregivers; re-entry and family reunification support, information and referral; collaborates with prisons and Habitat for Humanity to enable incarcerated adults and juveniles to construct components for homes for low-income families, and connects previously incarcerated ‘home builders’ with Habitat for Humanity.

Macon County Safe from the Start

Area Served: Macon & Piatt Counties, Illinois
Parent Organization: Macon County Child Advocacy Center
Telephone: 217-422-6294
Address: 1990 N. Water St
Decatur, IL 62526
E-mail: pamb4kids@aol.com
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1999
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

We provide intervention services for children ages 0-5 and their families who have been witnesses or victims of violence.

Mentoring Children of Prisoners

Parent Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
Area Served: Cook, Lake and DuPage counties in Illinois and Northwest Indiana
Address: 560 W. Lake St. 5th Fl Chicago, IL 60661
E-mail: contact@creativevisionsia.org
Website: www.bbbschgo.org
E-mail: thurman@bbbschgo.org
Phone: 312-207-5600
Established: 1969
Volunteer Opportunities? Yes

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago matches children ages 7 through 14 with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. During outings, Bigs and Littles do every day activities that provide children with the opportunity to discover a world of possibilities for their life.

Women of Power Alumni Association

Area Served: Cook County, Illinois
Parent Organization: Cook County Sheriff’s Dept of Women’s Justice Services
Telephone: 773-674-7731
Address: 2801 S. Rockwell Ave
Chicago, IL 60608
E-mail: swjp@cookcountysheriff.org
Web sitewww.cookcountysheriff.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2002
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Women of Power Alumni Association is a peer led support program.WOPAA offers recovery coaching, spiritual support, parenting support groups, an annual health fair, clothing drives and an annual conference focused on formerly incarcerated and at-risk women.WOPAA provides advocacy for formerly incarcerated women.

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Indiana

ORCA

Area Served: Northwest Indiana
Parent Organization: Offender Reentry & Community Assistance, Inc
Telephone: none
Address: 6111 Harrison Street, # 104
Merrillville, IN 46410
E-mail:msgibs@sbcglobal.net; info@offenderentry.org
Web site: http://orcainfo.wordpress.com
Secondary Office: 9526 Luebcke LN, Crown Point, IN 46307
Established: 2003
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Reentry support and services to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women and their families.

Ties That Bind Us

Area Served: Illinois
Parent Organization: – Tower of Refuge, Inc.
Telephone: – 217-241-9911
Address: – 1209 S. 4th Street Springfield, IL  62704
Email: info@towerofrefugeinc.com
Established: 2005
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities? Yes

Tower of Refuge is a grassroots organization whose primary purpose is to reduce the rate of recidivism in the state of Illinois through various programs and community effort. We provide a continuum of services to address the complete needs of individuals who are incarcerated, once were incarcerated and their families. Our services include training, education, counseling, HIV/AIDS awareness and homelessness prevention through housing assistance. Our services and programs focus on improving the successful continuous rehabilitation of the incarcerated and the formerly incarcerated while rebuilding and reconciling family relationships.

Use What You’ve Got Prison Ministry Keeping Families Connected, Inc

Area Served: State of Indiana
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 317-924-4124; toll free number : 877-764-9977
Address: 3535 Kessler Blvd, N. Dr Suite 122
Indianapolis, IN
E-mail: uwygm@sbcglobal.net
Web sitewww.usewhatyouvegotministry.org
Secondary Office:None
Established: 1988
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Use What You’ve Got Prison Ministry is a prison shuttle service that enables families and friends with no means of transportation to visit loved ones in prison facilities throughout Indiana. UWYGPM is a 501(c)(3) ministry that was started in 1988.

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Iowa

Family Reunification Program

Parent Organization: Creative Visions Human Development Institute
Area Served: Polk County and surrounding counties
Address: 1343 13th Street Des Moines, IA 50314
E-mail: contact@creativevisionsia.org
Website: creativevisionsia.org
Phone: 515-244-4003 ext. 110
Established: 1996
Volunteer Opportunities? Yes

Creative Visions’ Family Reunification and Right Start Program was developed to help reduce the recidivism rate and prevent intergenerational crime. Creative Visions’ Family Reunification Program provides comprehensive support services to the offender’s family during incarceration period and to the offender six months prior to his or her release.

Kansas

Arts in Prison, Inc.

Area Served: Greater Kansas City Area, Kansas
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 913-403-0229
Address: 1333 S 27th St
Kansas City, KS 66106
E-mail: info@artsinprison.org
Web site: www.artsinprison.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1995
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Arts in Prison, Inc.’s mission is to facilitate personal growth through the arts for the incarcerated and their families. Arts in Prison, Inc. is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization funded by private donations, corporations and grants.

Compeer CARES

Area Served: Sedgwick County, Kansas
Parent Organization: Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas
Telephone: 316-685-1821
Address: 555 N. Woodlawn, Suite 3105
Wichita, KS 67208
E-mail: compeer@mhasck.org
Web site: www.mhasck.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2003
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Consistent, caring mentors are matched with children of incarcerated parents/caregivers to serve as a positive role model, advocate, and supportive friend. The goal is to enhance a child’s attitude about life and help reduce the possibility of following the cycle of incarceration.

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Kentucky

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Louisiana

Someone To Watch Over Me

Area Served: Greater New Orleans Area, Lousiana
Parent Organization: Community Service Center, Inc
Telephone: 504-908-6277
Address: 4000 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
E-mail: cscnouw@aol.com
Web site: www.cscnouw.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1965
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

CSC provides holistic services to assist people coming out of prison and their families in the re-entry process. Someone To Watch Over Me also provides services to the children with recently released parents.

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Maine

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Maryland

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Area Served: Central MD, Southern MD and the Lower Eastern Shore
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 410-243-4000
Address: 3600 Clipper Mill Rd, Suite 250
Baltimore, MD 21211
E-mail: info@biglittle.org
Web site: www.biglittle.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1950
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

We match competent caring adult mentors with children who want and need them.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland

Area Served: Central Mryland, Southern MD and the Lower Eastern Shore
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 410-243-4000
Address: 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., suite 250
Baltimore, MD 21211
E-mail: info@biglittle.org
Web site: www.biglittle.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1950
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Provide mentors for children who want and need them.

Children of Incarcerated Parents

Area Served: Frederick, Maryland
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 301-473-4103
Address: 275 West Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21701
E-mail: Scher12345@comcast.net
Web sitewww.coipp.org
Secondary Office: Frederick County Public Schools, 115 East Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Established: 2006
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: No

We are an inter-agency group that works to inform members of the community of the plight children with incarcerated parents. We distribute resources and useful items to children and their caregivers.

Project SIT

Area Served: Wicomico County, Maryland
Parent Organization: Wicomico County Department of Corrections
Telephone: 410-548-4850, Ext. 361
Address: 411 Naylor Mill Road
Salisbury, MD 21801
E-mail: sit@wicomicocounty.org
Web site: None
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2002
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Project SIT is a support program for children of prisoners, their caregivers, and their incarcerated parent.Contact visits, after school programming, reintegration services are included.

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Massachusetts

CAI Head Start

Area Served: Essex County, Massachusetts
Parent Organization: Community Action Inc.
Telephone: 978-372-5052
Address: 75 Elm Street
Haverhill, MA 3104
E-mail: dlinett@communityactioninc.org
Web site: www.communityactioninc.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2001
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Provide parenting and family literacy services in a step-down facility in Salisbury, MA. Provide substance abuse information and support.

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Michigan

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County

Area Served: Jackson County, Mississippi
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 517-784-7181
Address: 536 N. Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201
E-mail: office@bbbsjackson.org
Web site: None
Secondary Office: P.O. Box 1802, Jackson, MI 49204
Established: 1967
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

To provide one-on-one mentoring services to children in need of a male/female mentor.

Mentors-N-More

Area Served: Southeast Michigan
Parent Organization: Children’s Internal Affairs International
Telephone: 313 320-4862
Address: 12751 W. Ten Mile Road
Oak Park, MI 48237
E-mail: ciadetroit@yahoo.com
Web site: None
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2003
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

It is the mission of Children’s Internal Affairs (CIA) Mentors-N-More program to address the physical and emotional needs of children ages 6-18 with an incarcerated parent, and provide resources and training for caregivers and their families.

Nexus Family Services

Area Served: Antrim, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Wexford Counties, Mississippi
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 231-943-7312
Address: 3301 Veterans Drive, Suite 124
Traverse City, MI 49684
E-mail: nexusfamilies@chartermi.net
Web sitewww.nexusfamilies.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2002
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

We provide educational and counseling services to people in prison and/or their families.These include marriage and family therapy, parenting training, domestic violence services for people in prison, etc.

Region IV Area Agency on Aging

Area Served: Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties, Michigan
Parent Organization: Senior Volunteer and Intergenerational Programs
Telephone: 269-983-7058
Address: 2900 Lakeview Ave
St. Joseph, MI 49085
E-mail: camelliapisegna@areaagencyonaging.org
Web site: www.areaagencyonaging.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1991
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Grandparents and relatives raising children with incarcerated parents receive a broad array of support services. Children with incarcerated parents are matched with Foster Grandparents in schools, early learning programs, migrant programs, emergency shelters, etc.

SKIP, Inc. Community Resource Services

Area Served: AL and MI
Parent Organization:  Save Kids of Incarcerated Parents
Telephone:  334/269-4141
Address: PO Box 250347 Montgomery, AL 36125-0347 USA
Email: skipinc@bellsouth.net
Website: skipinc.org
Secondary Office:
Secondary Phone:
Established: 1979
Volunteer Opportunities? Yes

Our Mission is to provide supportive services to children of incarcerated parents and their families, and to increase public awareness of the underlying problems of these children as victims.

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Minnesota

Family Strengthening Project

Area Served: Minneapolis & St. Paul and 7 County Area
Parent Organization: Council on Crime and Justice
Telephone: 612-353-3000
Address: 822 South Third Street Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55415
E-mail: info@crimeandjustice.org
Established: 2000
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Provides parent education to incarcerated parents at three Minnesota correctionsl facilities and a pre-release Family Reunification Group for eligible fathers.Also provides post-release transitional support.

Kinship of Greater Minneapolis

Area Served: Anoka & Hennepin Counties in Minnesota primarily
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 612-588-4655
Address: 3210 Oliver Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412
E-mail: mail@kinship.org
Web site: www.kinship.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1988
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Kinship is a community & faith based long-term mentoring programmatching individuals, couples and families to children from single parent homes, homes where one or both parents are incarcerated and homes of recent immigrant or refugee families.

Mentoring Children of Prisoners

Area Served: Minnesota: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, McLeod, Ramsey, Scott, Washington and Wright Counties.
Parent Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
Telephone: 651-789-2400
Address: 2550 University Ave. West, Suite 410N
St. Paul, MN 55114
E-mail: thinkbig@bigstwincities.org
Web site: www.bigstwincities.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2003
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

For 89 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities (BBBS) has been matching young people ages 7-13 with adult, volunteer mentors. Volunteers can mentor children of prisoners in any BBBS program, including the traditional one-to-one community-based or school-based, Big Couples/Colleagues and Big Families options.

Mentoring Children Of Prisoners

Area Served: Twin Cities Metro, Minnesota
Parent Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters
Telephone: 651-789-2400
Address: 2550 University Avenue westsuite 410N
St Paul, MN 55114
E-mail: ashotwell@bigstwincities.org
Web site: www.bigstwincities.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2003
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: children are matched between 7-13 and stay matched until they are 18 or graduate high school

This program specifically matches children with a parent or significant family member who is incarcerated with a caring adult mentor.

Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

Area Served: NW Minnesota
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 218-773-8452
Address: 1825 Central Ave. NW
East Grand Forks, MN 56721
E-mail: laura@tvoc.org
Web site: None
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2005
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: No

Resources and parenting information for families with incarcerated individuals.

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Mississippi

Double Time

Area Served: Mississippi
Parent Organization: Lutheran Episcopal Services in Mississippi
Telephone: 601-352-7125, ext. 106
Address: P.O. Box 23815
Jackson, MS 39225
E-mail: sfross@lesm.org
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2007
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Double Time has a weekly meeting on the 1st Thursday of each month with supper and recreational activities for adults & children with incarcerated loved ones.We host monthly meetings for adultswithguests from the community to speak on related issues. We have a quarterly newsletter in order to broaden our community around the state.

Family and Children

Area Served: Mississippi and Georgia
Parent Organization: In Him Ministries
Telephone: 601-924-1352
Address: Post Office Box 1933
Jackson, MS 39215
E-mail: nancy@inhimministries.org
Web site: www.inhimministries.org
Secondary Office: 111 Longwood Drive, Clinton, MS 39056
Established: 2002
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Our program supports families and children of the incarcerated with holiday meals; Christmas presents for children; summer camps, and school supplies.

The Storybook Project

Area Served: Mississippi
Parent Organization: Lutheran Episcopal Services in Mississippi
Telephone: 601-352-7125
Address: P. O. Box 23815
Jackson, MS
E-mail: csullivan@lesm.org
Secondary Office: 2 Old River Place, Suite E, Jackson, MS 39202
Established: 1997
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

We help to build relationships between incarcerated non-custodial parents and their children through books.We package and mail books, written messages, and CD recordings of parents reading to their children.

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Missouri

Jericho Commission

Area Served: State of Missouri and Illinois
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 417-877-7930
Address: P.O. BOX 848
Republic, MO 65738
E-mail: monarch2215@att.net
Web site: jerichocommission.org
Secondary Office: 1925 E. Bennett, Suite Ln/a, Springfield, MO 65804
Established: 2005
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

We are a mentoring program and clearinghouse for people coming out of prison, and we work with the courts and judges on the front side of prison, where someone has been convicted and sentenced, but the judge does not want them to go to prison. We also work with county jails, law enforcement and Juvenile drug courts.

Let’s Start

Area Served: St. Louis, MI
Telephone: 314-241-2324
Address: 1408 S 10th Street St Louis MO 63104
Email: courtney.mcdermott@yahoo.com
Website: www.letsstart.org
Established: 1989
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Let’s Start, Inc. aims to break the cycle of incarceration in families by working with formerly incarcerated women and their children to provide support for recovery and reintegration, mitigate the effects of parental imprisonment, educate the public and inform policy.

ParentLink

Area Served: Missouri-Statewide
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 1-800-552-8522
Address: 4800 Santana Cir
Columbia, MO 65211
E-mail: parentlink@missouri.edu
Web site: http://parentlink.missouri.edu
Secondary Office: None
Established: 1989
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

Our goal is to support Missouri families in making the best possible choices for their families.

University of Missouri Extension 4-H LIFE Program

Area Served: Missouri
Parent Organization: None
Telephone: 573-882-3316
Address: 828 Clark Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
E-mail: gillespiet@missouri.edu
Web site: extension.missouri.edu/4hlife
Secondary Office: None
Established: 2000
Volunteer/Internship Opportunities?: Yes

4-H LIFE is a family strengthening program designed to address the needs of children of incarcerated parents and their family members. 4-H LIFE provides a healthy and nurturing family environment during enhanced visits at state correction centers.

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