Get On The Bus
FAQ Dad California State Prison-Sacramento
Get On The Bus is for children of moms and dads who are in prison. Get On The Bus provides transportation for children and one caregiver to CSP-SAC for Father’s Day.
The incarcerated parent’s children and one caregiver or volunteer over the age of 18 will escort the children into visit you.
GOTB is FREE to families. Transportation, food and photos are all FREE.
The sign-ups for the event at CSP-Sacramento will be September to November 15, 2016
Get On The Bus is on June 24, 2017 at CSP-SAC.
Parents/children receive approximiately a 4 hour visit.
Transportation, meals, items (coloring books, crayons, puzzles, etc) to keep them busy, t-shirts, a special visit with child focused activities, a photo with you, stay connected bags (stationary, pens, stamps, etc.) so that they can keep in touch after the visit, and a teddy bear and a letter from you, which they receive on their way home.
The opportunity to unite with their children for a special day, a free lunch and a photo.
Pick up an application from your MAC Representative.
The incarcerated parent cannot visit anyone they’ve been restricted from having contact with and cannot participate if he/she has restrictions visiting with minors.
Return completed applications to Ms. T. Giannelli, CRM
No. The incarcerated parent will need to be cleared by CSP-SAC to participate. The parent can’t participate if he/she has visiting restrictions or restrictions with minors. There are no non-contact visits and parents can’t participate if they are placed in administrative segregation.
Yes, the prison will notify him/her.
The prison will mail all the approved applications to the central GOTB office. The applications will then be separated by prison and area and given to a GOTB volunteer.
Your family members/children’s social worker will be contacted through the information provided on the application.
GOTB will contact your family in Mid-January to February.
If GOTB is unable to contact your family, the incarcerated parent will be notified by the prison and asked to produce more telephone numbers. If GOTB can’t reach your family by mid April, your family will not be able to participate in this year’s event.
If your family chooses not to participate, GOTB will not force them to participate. No, means no.
The incarcerated parent will be notified by letter.
GOTB will call your family and set up a time and place to meet so they can fill out all the necessary paperwork for the prison and for the program.
Yes. The child will need a notary signed by their legal guardian granting permission to this person to accompany her/him into the prison. GOTB will help this person fill out the notary paperwork. Their clearance will be dependent on CSP-SOL approval.
Another person you know or a GOTB volunteer will escort your child (pending prison clearance). A notary giving this person permission to escort your child is required.
The incarcerated parent will sign a notary at the prison giving another person an approved person permission to accompany the child.
The age limit for children is Infant to 25.
If the daughter is the primary caregiver and there is no care available for the baby on the day of the event, then yes. This will be dealt with on a case by case basis.
Only ONE caregiver or guardian per family is permitted to ride the bus. Unless there are several children or the caregiver needs assistance.
The child’s guardian in this case, the social worker, will have to approve of it. The social worker may need to present a court order to the prison for further approval.
Can both families participate? GOTB strongly suggests picking ONE family to avoid conflicts. However, GOTB will make decisions on a case by case basis.
The child needs a valid birth certificate. If someone other than the child’s legal guardian is accompanying the child on the trip, then a signed notary will also be needed.
GOTB will provide funding to purchase a birth certificate if one is not available.
You can also send donations directly to our Central Office: 6400 Laurel Canyon Blvd. Ste 304, North Hollywood, CA 91606. See Ms. Tina for a trust withdrawal application for an individual donation. If you or your group raises more than $550, your name will be printed on a Get On The Bus t-shirt. If your group raises more than $2000, your group’s logo will appear on the t-shirt