For Caregivers of Children of Incarcerated Parents

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Contact Emma Smith, FTIO Program Coordinator
(603) 212.6710
Dr. Joanne Linden, Family Ties Project Director
(603) 391.5123
Kristina Toth, Family Connections Center–Parenting Program in NH State Prisons
(603) 271.2255

FAMILY TIES INSIDE OUT supports NH children and their caregivers during parental incarceration while reducing recidivism and promoting successful reentry. This program is a partnership between Waypoint, NH Family Resource Centers, Family Connections Center-NHDOC and NH Jails.


Caregivers can meet with other caregivers for a safe place to feel supported, offer understanding to others, process feelings, and learn how to cope with them. All support groups are held via Zoom. All participants will receive a $20 Walmart gift card for each session they attend. Learn about groups offered here.


Sesame Street online has tips for families and caregivers. Download the guide here

Sesame Street also provides other helpful activities for adults to do with the children. Visit the website

Download a guide for caregivers in NH who are relatives, but not parents of the children they are caring for.

A list of resources for Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren can be found here

Watch this video about Adverse Childhood Experiences and how it can create challenges that can be overcome. This will help you to understand possible effects of incarceration on children.

Download a list of books for kids who are affected by incarceration.

Visit the Children of Incarcerated Parents Library from The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University includes articles such as “Visiting Mom or Dad” and “Why Maintain Relationships.”


For grandparents and other relative caregivers in NH, there is a Kinship Navigation Program. Kinship Navigators provide emotional support, education, and guidance to relative caregivers, and offer information, referral, and follow-up services to promote independence and enhance the well-being of the families they serve. Visit the website

For children, adults and families who are in need of mental health services, resources can be found at Community Mental Health Centers around New Hampshire. Download the list of centers.

YOU’RE INVITED to get what you need for your family!

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Everything you need to raise your family in today’s world. Check out any of our FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS across NH!