Students and Families Impacted by Incarceration
Resources for Youth
Has one of your parents ever been in prison or jail? Would you be willing to share your story of what’s it’s been like to have a parent incarcerated so you can help other youth who are going through the same thing? Do you want a fun, challenging job where you can learn skills to help you get into college or just to improve yourself?
Project WHAT! hires youth with incarcerated parents. To learn more, click on the link below.
Visiting as an Unaccompanied Minor
If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can apply to visit an incarcerated parent or legal guardian by yourself. The following link is a page to the San Francisco Sheriff's Office with a step by step process on how to apply, frequently asked questions, and links to other resources.
Resources for Younger Children
Project Avary is a year-round program, tailored to meet the unique emotional needs of children with a parent in prison. We intervene early in the lives of children, at the age of 8 to 11, and make a long term 10 year commitment to each child and family.
Sesame Street: Coping with Incarceration
Provides parents and caregivers with bilingual (English & Spanish) tools to help children ages 3-8 cope with the many transitions related to a parent’s incarceration.
Resources for Caregivers
How to Explain Jails and Prisons to Children
This guide is designed to help caregivers answer children's questions about jail and prison. When children and families receive accurate information, they can understand and cope with some of the stress they may experience when a relative goes to jail or prison.
Root & Rebound: Reentry Planning Toolkit
This toolkit is designed for family members with a loved one in reentry or loved one with an arrest or conviction record.