Children of Incarceration: Who Offers Help

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Private groups serving children of incarcerated parents:

  • The Oklahoma Children of Incarcerated Parents Mentoring Program provides one-on-one guidance through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma’s Amachi program.
  • The Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth contracts with Marie Detty Youth and Family Services to provide after-school services to children of incarcerated parents in Lawton.
  • The OK Messages Project this year sent DVD messages and books from incarcerated moms and dads’ to 1,425 children in 56 counties, and more than 77 children attended its Outdoor Adventure Day.
  • Little Light Christian School in Edmond is a tuition-free elementary school for the children of incarcerated parents.
  • Whiz Kids is a mentoring program for disadvantaged elementary school children attending Oklahoma City public schools.
  • EL Systema operates an orchestra program for disadvantaged elementary school children in Oklahoma City.
  • New Hope offers after-school programs, a summer camp, retreats and other services in Tulsa.
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma provides services to the children of incarcerated parents.

Source: Children of Incarcerated Parents Advisory Committee 2016 Policy Report