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Children of Inmates Correctional Institution Bonding Visit Volunteer

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Children of Inmates is seeking energetic volunteers who would like to be part of the change in the lives of thousands of children effected by parental incarceration. In the past eleven years Children of Inmates Inc., (COI) has become one of the top family reunification programs in the country, in both volume and frequency of visitation. COI has conducted over 550 child-centered bonding visits to over 22 Florida Department of Corrections correctional institutions throughout the state involving over 1,700 incarcerated parents, 5,000 children and 2,000 caregivers.

COI has also garnered the attention of the news media as evidenced by over 15 print articles including front page stories in the Miami Herald and section covers in USA Today, Sun Sentinel, Tampa and Charlotte newspapers. Nationally, COI bonding visits have also been featured in Time Magazine, National Public Radio ("Tell Me More" "Code Switch"). Television stories have been presented on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Charlotte.

We are seeking adults 18 and over to accompany COI staff and families to the bonding visits thought the state of Florida. Volunteers can serve as chaperones, food servers, work with the activity teams or assist with paperwork. The visits happen on a monthly basis, however the location of the institution does vary. The hourly commitment varies between 12-18 hours a day. The bus departs from Homestead, Miami, Broward, Palm-Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Tallahassee.

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Mission Statement

It is the mission of Children of Inmates Incorporated to help foster a greater future for our youth. Our goal is to interrupt inter-generational incarceration. We assure that children with incarcerated parents have opportunities to be cared for and are supported in their development by responsible adults, helping professionals, and others in their communities.


The Service Network for Children of Inmates is a coalition of ten organizations in Florida with a mission of assuring that children with an incarcerated parent will have opportunities to be cared for and supported in their development by responsible adults, helping professionals, and others in their communities. Such opportunities are essential at each developmental stage for these children to have safe passage to adulthood. In doing so, we expect to help interrupt generation-to-generation antisocial behaviors, delinquency and incarceration.

Since its inception in 2007, Since our program initiated, more than 4,500 children have been touched by the compassion, hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteers. Close to 2,500 children have received in-depth care coordination. And, in all, more than 6,000 children have attended our Family Bonding Visits to 20 different correctional institutions across Florida. The Network has received over 3,000 referrals from incarcerated parents and other sources, located and contact over 2,500 of those referrals and provided care coordination services to over 2,500. The Network has garnered the attention of the news media as evidenced by three articles in the Miami Herald, media coverage from channel 4 and channel 10, a National Public Radio showcase as well as being featured in the Time Magazine.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


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Correctional Institutions State wideMiami, FL 33169



  • Literacy / Reading
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Reading / Writing
  • Visual Arts
  • Youth Services
  • Tutoring


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • 10-18 hours per trip
  • Trips occur on a quarterly basis

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