Get On The Bus


F.A.Q for Dads at CTF

 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 CTF for Father’s Day.

 Your child/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. When does the incarcerated parent sign-up?The incarcerated parent can sign up for Get On The Bus from September until November 15, 2016.

Get On The Bus will be June 10, 2017!

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.

Incarcerated parents can pick up an application from the MAC Representatives or the chapel.

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 the Visiting Sgt.

No. The incarcerated parent will need to be cleared by CTF 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 the incarcerated parent if he/she is not approved.

 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. Please give us a call at 818-980-7714 if you don’t receive a call by mid-February and you know your loved one submitted an application.

GOTB will contact your family in mid-January – March.

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 March, 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 if your family does not want to participate.

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, but they will need a signed notary with the legal guardians signature (matching the birth certificate) in order to accompany the child. GOTB will help this person fill out the notary paperwork. Their clearance will be dependent on CTF 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 years of age.

No, due to capacity limits in the visiting areas, only your children or step-children can participate.

If the step-child/children considers the incarcerated parent a father/mother figure then he/she may participate.

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.

Your child needs a valid birth certificate. If the child is being accompanied by someone who is not his/her legal guardian, the child will need a notary signed by the legal guardian giving permission to this person to escort her/him into the prison. What if the caretaker is missing the child’s birth certificate? 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. 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.