Mentoring for Children of Prisoners Fact Sheet

In support of the current trend towards mentoring children of prisoners (including the grants offered by the Department of Health and Human Services), the National Mentoring Center has compiled a set of useful links to assist you in understanding mentoring efforts intended for this special target population. The NMC contends that mentoring for this population is really not much different than offering mentoring for other at-risk groups of youth, with a few exceptions. As a result, the following links should give you a greater understanding about the needs of COP youth and the federal and local programming currently geared towards them, while the rest of our site provides much more comprehensive information on developing the mentoring services themselves.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
This is the federal agency managing the Children of Prisoners Initiative.

Details about the grant can be found on this page on the ACF website: A PDF version of the grant announcement can be downloaded at:

There has been a correction to the Grant Announcement that appeared in the Federal Register on April 1, 2004. This correction can be accessed at:

These are the actual announcements describing proposal requirements for the grant. Note the due date for this round of funding was April 23rd, 2004.

National Mentoring Center's Topical Resources on Starting a Program

Public/Private Ventures: Contemporary Issues in Mentoring:

Public/Private Ventures: Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers/Big Sisters

National Mentoring Partnership's Elements of Effective Practice:

The Mid-Atlantic Network of Youth & Family Services (MANY, for short) has the initial responsibility for providing limited technical assistance to Mentoring Children of Prisoner Grantees. MANY has an information packet that they are sending out to people.
Contact: Susan Spagnuolo
Ph: 412.366.6562; Fax: 412.366.5407; Email:

National Service Resource Center
Includes abstracts of agencies funded by ACF in the last round of Children of Prisoners mentoring grants as well as abstracts for National Service Programs working with this population.

Public Private Ventures – Two Reports of the Amachi Project
Amachi is a unique partnership of secular and faith-based organizations working together to provide mentoring to children of incarcerated parents. PPV has two online publications related to this project.

Fasten’s Network: People of Faith Mentoring Children of Promise
This manual is designed as a guide for developing a faith-based mentoring program for Children of Prisoners that is based on the Amachi Model

Child Welfare League's Resource Center for Children of Prisoners
The Resource Center has statistics, research reports and other useful materials.

Family and Corrections Network
Offers information, training and technical assistance on children of prisoners. This site has extensive links and online articles and research.

The Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents
CCIP's mission is the prevention of intergenerational crime and incarceration. This site has an extensive publications catalog

Children's Services Practice Notes Newsletter
This is a newsletter designed sponsored by the North Carolina Division of Social Services and the N.C. Family and Children's Resource Program and has a great overview of the issues related to the topic

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
LSPC advocates for the civil rights and empowerment of incarcerated parents, children, family members and people at risk for incarceration. Focus is on women prisoners and their families and has strong legal advocacy content. Several publications and extensive links might help in framing issues.

National Institute of Corrections: Children of Prisoners Videoconference June 18, 2003
This 3-hour videoconference will identify the problems and greatest needs of incarcerated parents and caretakers with regard to their children. This conference is late in the game from the grant writing perspective but might have information that informs the final draft of your proposal

Papers from "Prison to Home: The Effect of Incarceration and Reentry on Children, Families, and Communities"
These papers came out of a January 2002 national policy conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Families Left Behind: The Hidden Costs of Incarceration and Reentry
This Urban Institute report examines the social costs of reentry offenders.

National Resource Center for Foster Care and Permanency Planning, Information Packet: Children of Incarcerated Parents

Where Children Live When Parents Are Incarcerated
A Policy Brief put our by the Joint Center for Poverty Research (JCPR).

4. Grant Writing Tutorials
The Foundation Center's Proposal Writing Short Course

Developing and Writing Grant Proposals a guide developed by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance


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