Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors


PO Box 1543VENETA, OR 97487 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Adopt an Inmate invites society to treat people in prison as valuable members. Each time an inmate is 'adopted,’ their voice is amplified, their family grows, and one connection at a time, we are made aware of how the criminal justice system treats the people it presumes to judge. Adopt an Inmate provides education for both the incarcerated and their adopters, increasing the likelihood that the incarcerated will be prepared to enter the community and will be successful once they arrive.


We are an all-volunteer organization that matches up outside volunteers with people on the inside who are looking for mentorship and support. We do not charge inmates or their families for our services. To date we have gotten over 2,000 prisoners adopted. We also partner with university professors and students on collaborative projects involving data we have collected directly from prisoners in our database. (Volunteering does not require direct communication with prisoners). Students of criminal justice, sociology, political science, counseling, psychology, etc., will find this work especially educational and rewarding. As a non-profit, we can provide community service hours.


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