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Incarceration resources

Pennsylvania Prison Society

Helps families of parents who are incarcerated in PA prisons- has low cost busing.  230 S. Broad Street, Suite 605-215-564-4775


Amachi provides mentoring to children with incarcerated parents and military families. For more info, visit or email or call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 215-729-0248 and mention Amachi

Project Avary Online Support Program

For children 8-18 years old with an incarcerated parent. Online Zoom support groups from Project Avary a national leader in supporting children and families.

Essie Justice Group

Network that supports women who have an incarcerated loved one.

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 for info.

KidsMates- Helps Develop Resilience in the Face of Parental Incarceration

Good site that has info on how to help children with an incarcerated loved one. Click here for great handout and go to their site

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.
To register children for the summer workshop contact Good Shepherd’s Youth Service Coordinator, Graham Salinger, at 215-843-5413 or online here

People’s Paper Co-Op

The People’s Paper Co-op (PPC) is an ongoing initiative by the Village of Arts and Humanities in Philly that connects formerly incarcerated individuals together with artists, civil rights lawyers, and many others to run a multitude of programs and initiatives.

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 go to

Transportation Services to PA Prisons

Click for various bus services and other ways to connect to prisons in PA.

Power CorpsPHL

For disconnected young adult and returning citizens, PowerCorpsPHL provides career-connected education and paid work experiences in collaboration with AmeriCorps and the city of Philadelphia, powered by EducationWorks. They work closely with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Philadelphia Water Department, and partners in the public and private sector, PowerCorpsPHL builds opportunities for young people to create promising futures by tackling pressing environmental challenges and developing the skills required to secure meaningful work. Check it out or email

Uplift Workforce Solutions

The Uplift Workforce Solutions program is designed to provide formerly-incarcerated and like-situated individuals an opportunity to gain long-term employment through the remediation of negative thought patterns, poor decision making and bad habits. Call 1-833-875-4389 or

Interactive map for returning citizens (Reentry Map)

Click here to find resources in your community.

First Steps

Their goal is to provide economic opportunity and a path to self-sufficiency for those otherwise locked out of the employment system, including those experiencing or who have recently experienced homelessness, individuals who have been previously incarcerated, and military veterans. and 215-333-3349




Ex-Offener Reentry Program

Through PA Prison Society. Find opportunities here.

Impact Services Reentry

Helps ex-offenders get skills and find jobs. or call 215-739-1600 or 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.

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

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