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Incarceration resources

Pennsylvania Prison Society

Helps families of parents who are incarcerated in PA prisons- has low cost busing.  245 N. Broad Street, Suite 300- 215-564-6005
www.prisonsociety.org

Amachi

Amachi provides mentoring to children with incarcerated parents and military families- 2000 Market St, Suite 600- call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 215-729-0248 and mention Amachi
http://www.amachimentoring.org/index.html

Children of Incarcerated Parents Library

Very helpful site for parents and providers of children with incarcerated parents.
http://nrccfi.camden.rutgers.edu/
Tips for caring for children with an incarcerated parent
Tips from Caregivers for Caregivers

How to explain jails and prisons to children guide for caregivers

Click  here for guide

Sesame Street Resources for Families with Incarcerated Parents

Resources for families with children 3-8 years old dealing with the incarceration of a family member. Click http://www.sesamestreet.org/toolkits/incarceration for info and here for downloadable guide for children and caregivers. Click here for iphone app or here for android.

Children of Incarcerated and Returning Parents Summer Program

Children of Incarcerated and Returning Parents (CHIRP). CHIRP, through a grant from the JAMS Foundation,  offers youth with a parent who is incarcerated or returning from prison an opportunity to deepen their emotional awareness and their ability to manage conflict more effectively. The program gives youth an opportunity to meet and share their experience with others who are in a similar situation.  Through a series of conflict resolution workshops, participants will gain emotional support and skill development while learning productive approaches in managing conflicts. Separate workshops will be arranged for children ages 9-12 and 13-17.  There is no fee to attend the workshop. www.phillymediators.org
To register children for the summer workshop contact Good Shepherd’s Youth Service Coordinator, Graham Salinger, at 215-843-5413 or online here

Virtual Visitation

As you encourage the relationship between children and their incarcerated loved ones, the Virtual Visitation Program can help. It provides visitation via videoconferencing for offenders and their approved visitors. Sometimes visitors are unable to travel long distances to visit incarcerated loved ones, and the Virtual Visitation Program helps to bridge this gap. For more information call 1-877-658-8474.

Ride & Rebuild

A low cost transportation company to most prisons in PA. Check out their website for info and pricing. www.rideandrebuild.com

Transportation Services to PA Prisons

Click prisonsociety.org/transportation for various bus services to prisons in PA.

ReLink

Are you between the ages of 18 and 26? Have you been incarcerated in Philadelphia? Do you need help getting your life back on track?

  • Getting your GED or high school diploma and entering college.
  • Job searching and training.
  • Finding health insurance.
  • Finding a doctor or dentist.
  • Drug and alcohol treatment.
  • Mental health treatment.
  • Getting legal documents (state ID, birth certificates, Social Security cards).
  • Transportation.
    Call 215-981-0088 or better yet, fill out intake form at www.actionwellness.org/services/how-we-can-help/re-link-program/

Interactive map for returning citizens (Reentry Map)

Click here to find resources in your community. reentrymap.cor.pa.gov

Ex-Offener Reentry Program

Through PA Prison Society. Find opportunities here.

Impact Services Reentry

Helps ex-offenders get skills and find jobs. www.impactservices.org or call 215-739-1600 for info

Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders (RISE)

Mayor’s Office to get ex-offenders back on tract. 34 S. 11th Street  215-683-3370.
http://rise.phila.gov/services/

Fatherhood Enrichment Program

The goal of the program is to assist fathers in supporting the well-being of their children, through education, training and personal development, with a focus on family strengthening. For pre-prison release or post-prison release fathers. 990 Spring Garden 215-685-0770. Brochure
rise.phila.gov/fatherhood-enrichment-program-fep