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parents while they are serving prison sentences. We also work with departments of correction, reentry councils and churches to connect returning citizens with community resources.

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Prison Visits


About 62 percent of parents in a state correctional facility are housed more than 100 miles from their place of residence at arrest. That means children whose dad is in prison typically live too far away to see him very often. Many don’t get to see dad at all. We work with churches to take children to visit incarcerated parents. We use material created by Sesame Street to prepare young children in advance for the prison visit.

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Read To Me Daddy


For young boys and girls – ages 9 and under – we will even make arrangements for Dad to read a story during the prison visit. A guardian must accompany infants and toddlers in diapers. If a guardian is not available for children ages 4 to 18, a chaperone will be provided.

Our marriage enrichment programs help committed couples establish shared goals, resolve conflicts, and communicate harmoniously. We use the Prepare/Enrich and Program for Strong African-American Marriages curricula.

Marriage Readiness

Health Programs


Deep Roots


Black Family Preservation Group, Inc. operates an urban garden in Martinsville, Virginia. We call it Deep Roots.  Volunteers from local churches and civic groups grow vegetables that are given to families on public assistance. Many of the recipients do not regularly eat fresh vegetables.


​​Additionally, the Deep Roots urban garden provides an opportunity for ex-offenders to perform community service work, as well as develop skills in small-scale food production that can be used to feed their own families. 

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BodyWorks













BodyWorks is a program designed to help parents and caregivers of teens and preteens improve family eating and activity habits. The program focuses on parents as role models and provides them with hands-on tools to make small, specific behavior changes to increase healthy eating and physical activity.


Parenting Programs


We recognize that there is no one right way to parent and that not all techniques work for all parents. There are, however, more effective ways to parent, and our goal is to provide parents with a range of tools and strategies that they can have at their disposal.


Our overall objective is to teach parents how to take control of their parenting by helping them to:

  • Quickly acquire relevant information on child health and development;
  • Learn new and proven parenting strategies;
  • Develop their problem-solving skills and abilities and boost their self-confidence;
  • Reduce their sense of isolation and form supportive networks with other parents.

This program focuses on incarcerated adults with children. Our goal is reuniting families and assisting mothers and fathers maintain their relationships and responsibilities as 

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Marriage Preparation

Foundation for Our Future is a three-tiered program consisting of a marriage readiness component for teens and college-age youth, a marriage preparation component for engaged couples, and a marriage enrichment component for husbands and wives. We can implement a full program with all three components or deliver them individually.

Our marriage preparation classes are for engaged couples. The material can be taught as a 6-week class or a one-day workshop. Explore strength and growth areas, enhance communication skills, resolve conflicts.

Contact us today to conduct a workshop       or create a program at your church.

Marriage Enrichment

Our marriage readiness workshops are delivered to young ladies and gentlemen separately for middle school, high school and college. Content is age appropriate.

Our executive director is available to speak at church conferences, community gatherings and other events focusing on black issues or the future of African-American families.

director@blackfamilies.org

Foundation For Our Future

We also train and certify pastors to conduct marriage workshops and programs.

Reentry Programs

Strengthening the family unit within African-American Culture