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

Osborne’s NYCIP Resource Toolkit




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




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

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.

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

NYS Prison Visiting Policies

NYS DOCCS’ Visiting Schedule by Facility

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.

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

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




Developed by the San Francisco Partnership for 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.

Recommended Books For and About Children of Incarcerated Parents

NYC Children of Incarcerated Parents Resources Fact Sheet

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.

Information, referral, and advocacy program for kinship caregivers.

NY State Council on Children and Families

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

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.

Most children of incarcerated parents succeed with support.

Identifying and Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents in Child Welfare

Federal website of national resources.

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