Osborne’s NYCIP Resource Toolkit




This handbook was designed to help family members understand more about the New York State correctional system when visiting an incarcerated family member.

Share with incarcerated moms and dads to help them prepare for visits.

Visiting supports healing for most children, but prisons are often far away from home.

These handbooks focus on the experiences and needs of children with an incarcerated parent and provide essential information for caregivers. Volume I, Volume II focuses on visiting, and Volume III. 

NYS Prison Visiting Policies

NYS DOCCS’ Visiting Schedule by Facility



NY State Council on Children and Families

Information, referral, and advocacy program for kinship caregivers.

A report and implementation toolkit on a model policy from the International Association of the Chiefs of Police, in conjunction with the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

NYC Children of Incarcerated Parents Resources Fact Sheet

Recommended Books For and About Children of Incarcerated Parents

These guiding tips will help you create a safer space where children and families feel comfortable expressing their emotions without feeling judged, blamed, or labeled.

Developed by the San Francisco Partnership for Children of Incarcerated Parents

Parent-Child Visiting Practices in Prisons and Jails, Urban Institute

Best practices for supporting parent-child visiting in prisons and jails.

NYC Department of Correction Visiting Guide

Rikers Island Visiting Bus Schedule

Video visits are available in some NYS prisons and Rikers Island jails. Video visits help children maintain connections with their parent in between in-person visits.

Options that help parents plan for their children’s care while incarcerated.

Identifying and Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents in Child Welfare

Most children of incarcerated parents succeed with support.

A Call to Action: Safeguarding New York’s Children of Incarcerated Parents

Recommendations for how to improve the lives and outcomes of New York’s children who have justice involved parents.

National Resource Center for Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University

Federal website of national resources.

Join our #WordsMatter campaign to use humanizing language to refer to PEOPLE and PARENTS who are incarcerated or have come home, and replace "visitation" with "visits" or "visiting" (visitation is a term used by systems that separate families or in religious contexts). Download the pdf here.

Join us in using humanizing and child-friendly language when speaking about visiting an incarcerated loved one at a correctional facility. Families “visit.” Systems that separate families – criminal justice, child welfare, immigration – use the term “visitation.” Download the pdf here.



Children share how important it is to visit an incarcerated parent.

Artist Jacobia Dahm documents the great distances families travel to visit

Enhanced Visiting Program for children at Columbia County Jail in partnership with The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood

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Thank you to Echoes of Incarceration, Jacobia Dahm, and Salvador Espinoza for their photos.