About Us

If you have a family member in a county jail, state or federal prison, we can help.

Since 2003, Extended Family has been teaching families of prisoners how to successfully adjust to a new way of life. We offer a free, solution-based approach to the prison experience. Answers are at your fingertips. The type of support you want, when you want it.

Resource Database: We are constantly updating this on-line tool with services helpful to families of prisoners. You can find resources right in your own community by clicking on our Resource Database.

Extended Family for Kids: A curriculum-based program for small groups of children who have a loved one incarcerated. It includes fun, flexible lessons that build self-esteem and communication skills, decrease stress, address anger issues, and increase a student’s ability to make good choices. 

One-to-One Networking Service: When you call Extended Family,               256-927-7997, you talk to another family member of a prisoner who understands what you are going through. 

  • We answer questions about the prison system, visitation, phone calls, and more;
  • Discuss ways of explaining incarceration to children and how to adjust;
  • Connect you with experts around the country;
  • And much more. 

Re-Entry Division: To assist families and returning citizens through the transition of re-entry, this Division offers educational programs to help the process of “going home” run smoothly for everyone.

E-Newsletter: Sign up for Extended Family’s newsletter on our Home Page by typing your e-mail in the Newsletter box at the top of the page. You will get monthly tips on navigating the prison experience, a Resource of the Month, helpful hints from other family members, update on events, and more.

The day my husband went to prison I knew we would continue to be a family – but I had no idea how.

In 2003 I started Extended Family to find solutions for myself and other families of prisoners. Since then I’ve collected Helpful Hints and Resources from all over the country. I’ve taught hundreds of children how to get through the prison experience successfully in Extended Family for Kids.

These are great tools. I’ve used many of them myself. “We don’t have to do his time,” became our family’s motto.

Still, there was one thing I longed for on that day my husband went to prison. I longed for someone to look me in the eye and say, “Laure, You can do this! I’ll show you the way.”

Friend, I’m looking you in the eye and saying, “You can do this!” We at Extended Family will show you the way.