Extended Family’s website is a valuable source of information for families who have an incarcerated loved one.  For adult family members, we offer an extensive Resource Database and Helpful Hints for successfully navigating the prison experience.  Our website features detailed information about our programs for children – Extended Family for Kids and Extended Leadership Academy, as well as how to bring Extended Family for Kids Program Leader Training into your local community.  And, as part of our “whole family” approach, we provide information for “Returning Citizens,” those who have been recently released from prison, about our newest reentry program, Extended Success for Life. 

One of the more unique features of our website is our Research Survey Projects page.  We are contacted by students in graduate and doctoral programs from across the nation wanting to use our website as a way to reach potential participants in their research projects, particularly by seeking volunteers to participate in various surveys.  We carefully screen each student but are not directly affiliated with any specific survey.  If you have a loved one who is incarcerated and are interested in participating in a survey, visit our website, www.extendedfamilyhelp.org and click on “Research Survey Projects” in the menu at the top of the page.  Surveys are an important tool in learning about the unique characteristics and needs of families dealing with incarceration.    

Extended Family is proud to support those who study the effects of incarceration on our society.  Knowledge of these issues is a crucial beginning step in breaking the cycle of incarceration in families, whether by helping prevent recidivism among returning citizens, or by guiding Our Kids and keeping them from entering the juvenile justice system.  We work to strengthen individuals because strong individuals build strong families and strong families create strong communities.  Working with each individual family member allows us to fulfill our mission, “To offer help and inspire hope.”  If you would like more information on ways you can help, contact us by calling 256-927-7997 or by emailing daphne@extendedfamilyhelp.org.

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