Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) policies that apply to and/or relate to family support.
- DOC 200.200 Incarcerated Individual Betterment Fund
Family centered expenditure proposals will be solicited and recommended per DOC 530.150.
- DOC 420.110 Escorted Leaves and Furloughs
- DOC 420.115 Special Escorted Leave for Funerals/Deathbed Visits on Tribal Lands
- DOC 450.200 Telephone Use by Incarcerated Individuals
- DOC 450.300 Visits for Incarcerated Individuals
- DOC 530.150 Family Centered Services
- DOC 530.155 Family Councils
- DOC 590.100 Extended Family Visiting
Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) forms that apply to family support.
Laws & Regulations
Revised Code of Washington (RCW)
- RCW 72.01.365 Escorted leaves of absence for inmates – Definitions.
Definitions as pertains to verbiage in DOC 420.110.
- RCW 72.01.370 Escorted leaves of absence for inmates – Grounds.
States that escorted leave may be granted for bedside visits and funerals of immediate family members.
- RCW 72.01.375 Escorted leaves of absence for inmates—Notification of local law enforcement agencies.
- RCW 72.01.380 Leaves of absence for inmates – Rules – Restrictions – Costs.
Pertaining to the reimbursement of the state from the inmate granted leave of absence, or his/her family.
- RCW 72.09.270 Individual reentry plan.
As pertains to the responsibility of the Department to develop an individual reentry plan for every inmate, particularly as it pertains to family reunification.
- RCW 72.09.280 Community justice centers.
As pertains to the Department establishing community justice centers throughout the state to provide services, such as resources for connecting inmates with family reunification services.
- RCW 72.09.495 Incarcerated parents—Policies to encourage family contact and engagement.
Washington Administrative Code (WAC)
Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) publications that apply to family support.
- Family Council Resource Guide 400-GU027 (R 10/2022)
- Family Services: Family Navigation & Support Guide (English) (R 10/2022)
- Servicios para Familias: Guía para Familiares y Amigos de Personas Encarceladas (Spanish) (DOC 2017)
- Events & Opportunities
- Impact of Incarceration
- Family & Children Resources
- Online Publications
- Recommended Books
Events & Opportunities
- Imagine Children's Museum – Dream Big (Everett, WA)
Exclusive museum playtime and workshops for children and families affected by a close family member who is currently incarcerated. Register
The Impact of Incarceration
- Angel Tree
A faith-based non-profit Prison Fellowship program that supports the children of incarcerated people by distributing holiday gifts and providing a children's camping program.
- Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF)
Help for families affected by incarceration to nurture a child's healthy development, and school and life success.
- Freedom Project
An educational organization serving inmates and those recently released back into the community. Currently serves both men and women at MCC (Twin Rivers and Minimum Security Units), WCCW, and MCCCW teaching Nonviolent Communication and mindfulness practices.
- National Resource Center on Children & Families of the Incarcerated
Advocacy, training, research and resources, including a directory of national programs that offer services specifically for children and families of adult inmates.
- Office of the Education Ombuds
Information and statement on what currently or formerly incarcerated parents would like educators to know about their children or families.
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Information and technical assistance to parents, families, teachers, school administrators and the public, to improve services to those children with parents in prison.
- Sesame Street: Little Children, Big Challenges – Incarceration
A toolkit to help you with the changes your child is going through because of the incarceration of a loved one.
- Youth Engaged 4 Change
Information and resources for parents, caregivers, teachers, visit staff, and inmates to help children of incarcerated parents.
Family & Children Resources
- Child Support Modifications
Your life is changing all the time. Child support doesn’t change automatically with life changes, but you can ask the Division of Child Support - DCS to review your order for changes (called a modification).
- Disability Organizations
The purpose of this list of nonprofit disability-related organizations is to provide Emergency Medical Service providers, families, communities, caregivers, and people with disabilities with contact information for nonprofit disability-related organizations and agencies in Washington State, per the requirements established by the 2017 legislation Substitute House Bill 1258, known as the Travis Alert Act (RCW 43.70.490).
- Family Help Line
Statewide, toll-free telephone line to live parenting coaches, and online searchable database of classes, support groups, events and resources organized by city.
- Kinship Care
Resources for grandparents or other family members who are raising a relative's child, or are seeking a support group.
- Mobile Community Services Office
There are two separate vehicles that have each been designed to be a fully functional Community Services Office. Each vehicle includes a reception area, private interview stations and a sun shade for people to be protected from the elements. The vehicles are configured with all of the equipment needed for staff to complete intake interviews, issue QUEST (EBT) cards, copy and scan documents and provide information on CSD programs and services.
- National Fatherhood Initiative
Equips organizations and communities to intentionally and proactively engage fathers in their children's lives.
- Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO)
OEO is a small state agency under the Governor’s office that was created to help share information with families and communities about our state’s k-12 public schools, help collaboratively resolve disputes between families and schools, and engage in policy efforts aimed at reducing opportunity gaps and improving outcomes for all students. To request services, please contact the OEO.
- Parent Help 1-2-3
Helps Washington State families find services in their communities and apply for health insurance, food assistance programs, and provides health information for pregnant women, children and families. This website is also available in Español.
- Parent Trust for Washington Children (PTWC)
Source of support, learning and resources for parents, caregivers, and children.
- Project Avary
At Project Avary, we help children heal from the impacts of having a parent in prison. We do this by surrounding youth with a long-term, supportive community of peer and adult mentors and by empowering them with leadership development skills so they can break free from generational cycles of trauma and incarceration. Youth from anywhere in the country can connect with the Project Avary Community through our online program for children with incarcerated parents. For years we’ve gotten requests to bring Project Avary to other parts of the country (and world!). Through our exploration of these requests and our commitment to developing a program that was rooted in our values and integrity, we learned that it was 100% possible to create a phenomenal container for community, healing, and transformation in an online space while also powerfully incorporating the four key Avary Way strategies: a supportive community, a common experience of familial incarceration, play and fun, and real talk.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Resources
The Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Council provides learning and resources that emphasize education and interpersonal support.
- Washington State Office of the Family and Children’s Ombuds (OFCO)
OFCO is an independent office that helps citizens navigate Washington state agencies serving children, youth and families. The Ombuds also investigates complaints about the Department of Children, Youth and Families’ (DCYF) conduct that involve: any child at risk of abuse, neglect, or other harm; a child or parent involved with child protection or child welfare services; or the safety or welfare of children in state care.
Programs for Children
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Helping children develop supportive relationships with positive role models.
- Childrens Home Society of Washington
Oldest and largest statewide non-profit organization dedicated to child welfare by providing programs and services to support children in need and by strengthening families.
- Girls Scouts Beyond Bars
A Girl Scouts program whose primary goal is to lessen the impact of parent-child separation due to incarceration.
- Kids United by Incarceration (KUBI) Summer Camp
A summer camp sponsored by the Department of Corrections (DOC) and Girl Scouts of Western Washington for children ages 8-12 years old who have a parent incarcerated at a DOC facility. Incarcerated parents are provided an opportunity to register their eligible children for KUBI camp (3 days, 2 nights).
- Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership
Helps young people find supportive relationships to grow and develop into thriving, productive and engaged adults.
- Powerful Voices
A Seattle-based organization that fosters adolescent girls' development through holistic programming.
Addiction & Treatment Resources
- Addiction Resource
Free & Confidential 24/7 Rehab Helpline. Feel Hope Without Commitment. We will help you to find the best drug and alcohol rehab centers and programs!
- Addiction Guide
Help for all those affected by addition with reliable and comprehensive resources, advise, tips and guides.
- Drug Treatment Center Finder
Drug addiction resources to include information on drug withdrawals, types of treatment available, guides, insurance verification and benefits explanation, as well as an addiction hotline.
- Project Know: Understanding Addition
Information about the options available for treating addiction (behavioral health, alcohol and drugs), and a national directory of teen resources, addiction therapists, treatment centers, and sober living providers.
- Navigating DSHS: How Can We Help? (English) (DSHS, 2016)
- Cómo navegar por el DSHS ¿Cómo podemos ayudarle? (Spanish) (DSHS, 2015)
- Children & Families of the Incarcerated Fact Sheet (Rutgers, 2014)
- Children of Incarcerated Parents Library
Provides free information sheets designed for people serving children of prisoners and their caregivers. This library is also available in Español.
- Incarcerated Fathers Library
Resources for fathers behind bars and those who work with them.
- Is my parent a bad person?
Jeeter asks Professor Proponderus a tough question that children with incarcerated parents wonder about.
- Keeping Incarcerated Mothers & Their Daughters Together: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (NIJ, 1995)
- Parent Trust for Washington Children: The Family Help Line (PTWC, 2012)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Information (DSHS, 2022)
- Working Effectively with Children of the Incarcerated, their Parents and Caregivers
A series of DSHS resource videos designed to help social workers and other social service providers to understand the particular needs of families with an incarcerated parent, and to learn effective practices in working with children of the incarcerated, their parents and caregivers.
- 99 Days and a Get Up: A Guide to Success Following Release for Inmates and Their Loved One by Ned Rollo, American Correctional Association
- A Visit to the Big House by Oliver Butterworth (Susan Avishai)
- Two in Every 100: A Special Workbook for Children with a Parent In Prison, available from Reconciliation, 702 51st Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209 or (615) 292-6317
- When Andy's Father Went to Prison by Martha Whitmore Hickman (Larry Raymond)
- Mama Loves Me from Away by Pat Brisson
- Let's Talk About When Your Parent is in Jail by Maureen K. Wittbold
- Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can't Live with Their Parents by Janice Levy (Whitney Martin)