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Assisting Families of Inmates

(804) 643-2401

The mission of Assisting Families of Inmates (AFOI) is to provide opportunities for regular, meaningful visitation, referrals to community resources, and other services that help families cope with incarceration and prepare for release and reunification. They help prepare families for a successful transition when the inmate is released from prison.

The Messages Project

The Messages Project is focused on the children left behind when a parent is incarcerated prisons in Virginia, Nebraska, and Missouri and works several times a year to create videotapes or DVDs from incarcerated parents to their children. The recordings are mailed home to children and families, often with a book that was read as part of the message.

Mentoring Children of Prisoners


The Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program matches a youth, ages 4-18, with a trained adult mentor, who meets with the youth on a weekly basis. Mentors and mentees engage in recreational, educational, or cultural activities. Seton Youth Shelters provides emergency shelters, street outreach, and counseling for youth, free of charge.



BBBSHR provides volunteer mentors to interested children, including children who have an incarcerated parent. The staff received training from the Family Corrections Network.

Virginia C.U.R.E. K.I.D.S.


We offer services and resources to children with an incarcerated parent and their families.

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