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Foreverfamily was the nation’s first organization, and is still the only nonprofit in Georgia, solely dedicated to helping children who experience parental incarceration. Since its inception in 1987, Foreverfamily (originally known as AIM) has helped more than 27,000 children, each of whom had their own unique challenges to face. Because of the compassionate care and consistent support provided by Foreverfamily staff and volunteers, the lives of these children have been enriched.

History

History
2017

Foreverfamily celebrates 30 years of service to the community!

Foreverfamily successfully completes a career and college readiness program called ServiceWorks funded by a partnership between the Points of Light Foundation (POL), Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and Citi Foundation.  Foreverfamily was  the only agency in the state of Georgia to house this groundbreaking national  initiative that uses volunteer service  as a strategy to help underserved youth and young adults develop the skills they need to prepare for greater college and career success. Through the ServiceWorks program, Foreverfamily was able to serve 325 youth, ages 16-24.
2016

Classes, Workshops, and VIPs

Foreverfamily successfully pilots a skill building class for juvenile girls incarcerated at the Macon Youth Development Center (YDC) called Phenomenal Young Women: See Me. Hear Me. Watch me EXCEL!


Over 250 incarcerated mothers at Pulaski State Prison participated in a workshop entitled Strength to Love: Building My Parenting Skills from the Inside Out and received a revised copy of Parenting from Prison: A Self Help Manual for Incarcerated Parents which had been out of print since 2009.


A new initiative VIP (Very Involved Parent) was launched in March in honor of Women’s History Month so that incarcerated mothers across the state of Georgia could become “Foreverfamily Moms” and build their parenting skills and connections to their children through attending the agency’s annual prison based workshops and receiving quarterly newsletters.

2015

Reidsville and Technology

Foreverfamily expanded its Family Visitation Program to include fathers incarcerated in Rogers State Prison in Reidsville, Georgia.


Kindles and MIFIs are provided so that young people can engage in educational enrichment on the buses as they travel long distance to four prisons in Georgia.

2014

YPB, Swainsboro, and Goodbye Louisville

After 5 years of service, Foreverfamily closes its Louisville office having served over 500 men and their children.


Emanuel Women’s Facility in Swainsboro, GA becomes the third women’s prison that Foreverfamily serves in Georgia.


Foreverfamily’s newly formed Young Professionals Board raises $20,000 to host Camp AIM High sending children to summer camp at Camp Twin Lakes.

2013

5K4KIDS, iConnect, and Great Achievements

97% of our program participants were promoted to the next grade and our students earned an average GPA of 3.28.


iConnect: Faithfully Connecting Children with Their Incarcerated Parents, a program aimed at partnering with the faith community is launched with two prominent senior pastors, Dr. Kerwin Lee of Berean Christian Church Stone Mountain and Dr. Terrance Gattis of Mount Olive Baptist Church Stockbridge, serving as co-chairs.


Foreverfamily’s first annual 5K4KIDS Race is held in Piedmont Park drawing over 200 participants.

September 15, we celebrated our 25th year of service to the community! Events included a 1 mile Walk/Fun Run and a black tie gala at the downtown Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

On March 10, 2012, Foreverfamily hosted the first statewide meeting for caregivers who are caring for children with a mother incarcerated at Arrendale State Prison for Women. The group met in Cornelia, GA at the Hampton Inn. In addition to providing helpful information that will assist with parenting and time for networking, caregivers benefited from Forever Healthy, a program that provides fresh produce. The group will meet 6 times a year.

Foreverfamily partners with Healing Communities USA and hosts its first two-part national webinar for the faith community on parental incarceration and reentry. Over 200 people register for this virtual training experience.

Sandra Barnhill is selected as the first Visiting Fellow at the newly established Arcus Center for Social Justice at Kalamazoo College. During her semester stay, she teaches a class on social justice fundamentals and interviews emerging leaders on campus and across the country for her book on social change.

Foreverfamily partners with the University of Chicago to conduct a stigma study on children ages 8 to 14 with an incarcerated parent and also secures funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to begin an Oral History Project that trains children in the Atlanta-based program to conduct oral history interviews with their parent in prison and their caregiver in the community.

The first Practitioners’ Institute, a one day event sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is held at the Sheraton Buckhead in Atlanta and provides training and technical assistance to frontline practitioners. 100 people from four states attend. This Institute is held in conjunction with Morehouse School of Medicine’s Community Voices annual conference.

Foreverfamily’s National Headquarters opens in West End Atlanta through a partnership between Foreverfamily and the Integral Management Group. The donated space provides offices for the national staff that do program development and fundraising for the affiliates as well as training and technical assistance for practitioners and groups interested in parental incarceration and reentry.
We open our first affiliate site, Foreverfamily Louisville, in Louisville, KY which serves incarcerated fathers at a transitional center and their children.

We officially change our name to Foreverfamily.

Our new Heritage Station office opens. This facility is a partnership between Foreverfamily, Capitol Development Group and the Annie E. Casey Atlanta Civic Site, where 3,000 sq. ft. of donated space is used to provide after-school programming that targets children who live in the Pittsburgh neighborhood.

Based on our success and national reputation, foundations like the Annie E. Casey Foundation - along with a number of churches, faith-based organizations, local nonprofits and community residents -help Foreverfamily take our programming model to other cities across the nation, including Louisville, KY, San Antonio, TX, and Seattle, WA.

Within our home state of Georgia, we start working with the communities of Augusta, Savannah, and Albany.

We receive the Allen Award for our community service.

Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters features our work in 30-minute television documentary.

We receive the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award that is co-sponsored by Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Goizueta School of Business. We are named as a placement agency for Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Sandra Barnhill triumphs over 900 applicants nationwide to become one of 18 winners of the Ford Foundation’s prestigious Leadership for a Changing World Award and an $115,000 agency grant.

CNN Headline News and The Atlanta Journal Constitution feature our family visits to prisons around the holidays, helping us tell our Foreverfamily story.

One of our volunteer staff members, Josita Hartman, receives the National Community Quarterback of the Year Award from the NFL for her demonstration of leadership and dedication in her hometown. In Josita’s name, we receive a $35,000 donation from NFL Charities.
We receive an official commendation at the Annual Catholic Social Services Luncheon for our outstanding work in bringing hope to a culture of violence.
Our founder, Sandra Barnhill, participates in a one-year Annie E. Casey Foundation fellowship to improve community-public system collaborations, state-level programming, and national advocacy efforts designed to support children of incarcerated parents.
We receive the Prevention for a Safer Society Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for our volunteer efforts on behalf of incarcerated mothers and their families.
We receive a major grant from the Administration on Aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Three Generations at Risk, a national demonstration project assisting children of incarcerated women, their mothers, and their grandparent caregivers.
Foreverfamily, as Aid to Imprisoned Mothers or AIM, opens its doors.
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