Training *** Advocacy *** Policy Development

Specialists in the effects of NYS incarceration on prisoners' children and families and how to best
encourage their success, Family Strengthening through Information, Support and Community-Building,
Prison Family and Re-entry Resource Development for
Schools, Communities, Churches, Government (NY State and Federal)

Statewide *** Confidential



New!! - DOCS Press Release 8/31/07 re: Families of Prisoners

PFNY - A Brief History


Support Groups for Families and Friends of Prisoners:

Support Groups for
Formerly Incarcerated People:

About Support Groups:


Special Messages

Coping Tips for Families

Annual Retreat (photos)


Policy Recommendations

For Educators

Children of Prisoners

Coalition for Parole Restoration (CPR)

Informational Posters (PDF) and Resources:


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A Message for Senior Citizens

We know it can be very difficult to have a child, grandchild or other relative in a New York State prison. We receive calls from seniors who say that they have had our telephone number for months but are only right then daring to finally call us...or that they need to talk but don't know what to say...and we get calls from people who start to cry and hang up the phone when we answer "Hello..Prison Families...may we help you?". We don't know if they ever call back.

If you have a loved one in prison, we can help you. When you call, everything you tell us is confidential. We do not need to know your name or where you live. We can help you locate a lost relative in prison, we can tell you about correspondence, phone calls and visiting, how to locate transportation and support for yourself in your community. We may know of other seniors in your area who also have loved ones in prison and who might benefit from talking with you--we get stronger by talking with each other, sharing our feelings (positive and negative) and learning.

If you are taking care of your grandchildren while their parent is in prison, we can help to find you the resources you may need to make life easier for you, your child and grandchildren.

So please call us....Prison Families of New York, Inc.

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