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.
1. INFORMATION ON THE MENTORING CHILDREN OF PRISONERS
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) http://www.acf.hhs.gov/
2. GENERAL MENTORING RESOURCES
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: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/pdf/ACYF_FYSB_Mentoring_Revised_1_28.pdf
There has been a correction to the Grant Announcement that appeared
in the Federal Register on April 1, 2004. This correction can be
These are the actual announcements describing proposal requirements
for the grant. Note the due date for this round of funding was April
National Mentoring Center's Topical Resources on Starting a
3. CHILDREN OF PRISONERS RELATED RESOURCES
Public/Private Ventures: Contemporary Issues in Mentoring: http://www.ppv.org/ppv/publications/assets/37_publication.pdf
Public/Private Ventures: Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big
National Mentoring Partnership's Elements of Effective Practice: http://www.mentoring.org/
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.4. Grant Writing Tutorials
Ph: 412.366.6562; Fax: 412.366.5407; Email: email@example.com
National Service Resource Center
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
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
Child Welfare League's Resource Center for Children of Prisoners
Resource Center has statistics, research reports and other useful
Family and Corrections Network
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
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
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"
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
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 http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/downloads/children-of-incarcerated-parents.pdf
Where Children Live When Parents Are Incarcerated http://www.library.ca.gov/crb/00/notes/v7n2.pdf
Policy Brief put our by the Joint Center for Poverty Research
The Foundation Center's Proposal Writing Short Course
Developing and Writing Grant Proposals a guide developed by the
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance