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Get On The Bus 2023 Calendar

California Institution for Women (CIW) Saturday, April 15th 2023
High Desert State Prison (HDSP) Saturday, May 6th 2023
Central California Women's Facility (CCWF) Saturday, May 13th 2023
California State Prison - Sacramento (CSP-SAC) Saturday, June 10th 2023
Folsom State Prison (FSP) Saturday, June 10th 2023
San Quentin State Prison (SQSP) Friday, June 15th 2023

Get On The Bus serves the following institutions:

Men's Prisons:

Correctional Center

Men’s Colony

California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility

State Prison

Training Facility

State Prison

High Desert
State Prison

San Quentin
State Prison

Salinas Valley
State Prison

Valley State Prison (VSP)

Women's Prisons:

Women’s Facility

Central California
Women’s Facility

Institute for Women

What is Get On The Bus?

Get On The Bus unites children throughout California who have been separated from their mothers and fathers in prison. An annual event, Get On The Bus offers free transportation for the children and their chaperones to the prison, provides travel bags for families, a photo of each child with their parent, and meals for the whole day including a shared meal with their parent, all at no cost to the children’s family. On the bus trip home following the visit, each child receives a teddy bear with a letter from their parent in addition to post-event counseling.

Our Mission

Get On The Bus – uniting children with their mothers and fathers in prison-this statewide prison visiting program trains and educates hundreds of volunteers and supporters throughout California and engages the media to raise awareness about the plight of children with a parent in prison. Get On The Bus advocates for the right of children to see, embrace, and talk to their parent.

Why do the children need transportation?
Children with a parent in prison are usually cared for by relatives, often grandparents. Many caregivers are unable to make the drive due to distance or expense. Get On The Bus offers a priceless opportunity a mother’s touch, a father’s hug, a family photo, a private conversation, and a connection with hope and healing.
When does it take place?
Each year around Mothers Day and Father’s Day, hundreds of children and their caregiver’s board buses and travel from cities all over the State of California to be united.