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Families Doing Time

I found a place where I could talk freely about what I was feeling and not feel judged since my husband went to prison. 

Bernard jumped on me, yelled at me and has thrown things at me since his mom has gone to jail. He needed skills to help him cope with his feelings. Since EKWIP, Bernard’s behavior and anger has improved greatly.
-teacher at Winterfield Elementary

Program Purpose

Families Doing Time serves families who are dealing with the effects of having a loved one incarcerated. The various programs aim to provide emotional support and practical information about the criminal justice system and about available community resources. All programs are based on the belief that, by increasing social supports, children and their caregivers can build stronger families through access to resources, reduced isolation, reduced stress to increase family stability and healthy development. Services are available at no cost to any person or family with a family member who is or has been incarcerated.



  • An estimated 809,800 prisoners of the 1,518,535 held in the nation’s prisons at midyear 2007 were parents of children under age 18. Parents held in the nation’s prisons: 52 percent of state inmates and 63 percent of federal inmates reported having an estimated 1,706,600 minor children, accounting for 2.3 percent of the U.S. resident population under age 18.
  • Since 1991, the number of children with a mother in prison has more than doubled, up 131 percent. The number of children with a father in prison has grown by 77 percent.
  • Twenty-two percent of the children of state inmates and 16 percent of the children of federal inmates were age 4 or younger. For both state (53 percent) and federal (50 percent) inmates, about half their children were age 9 or younger.


Programs for children and families

  • Empowering Kids with Incarcerated Parents (EKWIP) via school-based support groups
  • Individual and family problem solving
  • Referrals to other relevant agencies
  • Parent coaching
  • Back In Style (back to school)
  • Third Tuesday (monthly family event)
  • Enrichment Institute
  • Work with caregivers and foster parents
  • In home visits
  • Family reunification planning
  • Adult support groups

Building our community’s capacity to understand and serve

Programs for schools and educators

  • Information sessions with teachers and administrators
  • Partnership with schools to provide EKWIP groups

Programs for communities

  • Partner agencies training
  • Presentations at communities of faith, local health fairs, and civic groups
  • Guest lectures at local universities