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Family and Friends

You have one of the toughest and most important roles to play in reentry! The effort of supporting a family member or a friend as they make the transition from prison to society can be time-consuming, emotionally challenging and extremely difficult. If your loved one or friend is currently incarcerated, please check out the links and tools we have found to support you.

Links for Families of Prisoners

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Family Transportation to Prisons

Supporting Children and Families of Prisoners

Directory of Programs Serving Children and Families of the Incarcerated

View Programs in States Alabama-Missouri
View Programs in States Montana-Wyoming (including Washington, DC)
View Programs offering National services

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars for girls and moms involved in Girl Scouts


Assisting Families of Formerly and Currently Incarcerated Individuals

Visiting Tips:



Coping Strategies


Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Authors Page

We’ve created this page to showcase literary accomplishments of the incarcerated and formerly Incarcerated authors. In support of these individuals and all successful transitions, we have vetted and recommended the books on our Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Authors page at: https://www.fairshake.net/fici/

How to Change a Child Support Order – State by State


(note: some states do not allow incarcerated parents to decrease, defer or delay child support payments)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Parenting Issues During Incarceration

Services to Children and Families of Prisoners

Forever Family: Surround Children with the Love of Family!


Strong Prison Wives & Families

Strong Prison Wives & Families is an empowered and encouraging community where the wives, girlfriends, partners, family members and friends of the incarcerated are the writers and readers.http://www.strongprisonwives.com/

Project W.H.A.T. (We’re Here And Talking) for teens!


Veterans page


The veterans’ page was created to assist veterans who have been Incarcerated as well as their families. The programs and resources on this page can help reduce the pressures associated with reentry. Our hope is that you will find these resources helpful in providing relief as you face the challenges of finding and supporting an effective  way of life after incarceration.Thank you for your service to our country.

The Safer Society Foundation


Resources for Familieshttp://www.safersociety.org/foundation/

Online Support Forums

Daily Strength http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Families-of-Prisoners/support-group

Prison Talk http://www.prisontalk.com/

Prison Talk: for parents with children in prison

National Employment Law Project (NELP) Launches Fair Chance Ban the Box Campaigns

NELP staff introduced the Fair Chance – Ban the Box toolkit to help advocates launch their own fair chance, “ban the

box” campaigns locally. Check out the new, comprehensive toolkit at https://www.nelp.org/publication/the-fair-chance-ban-the-box-toolkit/. You’ll find NELP’s

Fair Chance Factsheet , Best Practices and Model Policies, Research Summary, City and County Guide, the latest

State Guide, and many other resources

Find support for families with an incarcerated parent, support for family reunification, reentry resources and more in our Resource Directory!







BOP Reentry Hotline

The Bureau of Prisons hotline offers information concerning many areas of reentry. The only requirement is to be a formerly incarcerated individual.Their operating hours are 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. eastern time.



Reentry Packet

Create and mail a Reentry Packet, include resources you select from our Resource Directory!


Need help with your computer?

Learn more about your computer on our
Building Computer Skills page!


Culture Shock!

Consider the differences between incarceration and employment environments.



Support for Children and Families By State

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Arkansas Voiceshttp://www.arkansasvoices.org/


Friends Outsidehttp://www.friendsoutside.org/

San Francisco: Children of Incarcerated Parents http://www.sfcipp.org/


Chillicothe Correctional Center – Program for children and their incarcerated moms

New York

NY State: The Osborne Associationhttp://www.osborneny.org/index.cfm


Oregon Dept. of Corrections – Children of Incarcerated Parents Project


Assisting Families of the Incarcerated http://www.afoi.org/



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Prison Activist Resource Center


Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants / C.U.R.E.

American Civil Liberties Union: Key Issues

Families Against Mandatory Minimums / FAMM

The Sentencing Project