Refer A Child-

Children’s caregivers or their teachers, counselors, or social workers can initiate the enrollment process. The online intake questionnaire will take 15-20 minutes, is confidential and will only be seen by authorized staff.  An Avary staff will follow-up with a phone call.

Children may enroll in Project Avary at any time during the year. 
Intake Process and Eligibility Requirements:

  • Child is ideally 8, 9 or 10 so that he or she can spend a long period of time in our program. We focus on long-term results and seek to foster deeper relationships that grow and develop over many years. Depending on the circumstances, children who are older may be considered.
  • Child has a parent or immediate family member who is currently incarcerated or has been previously incarcerated. This incarceration should be emotionally significant to the child. This incarceration must have taken place in jail, prison, or an immigration custody/INS detention facility.
  • Child must know about the incarceration prior to their participation in any Avary programming.
  • Child must live in Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa or Solano County.
  • We are looking to enroll children who are eager to become active members of this community by attending monthly outings throughout the year and our week-long, sleep-away summer camp. The outings throughout the year help us develop deep relationships with our youth and help them to process the impact of their parent's incarceration. This cannot only be done once a year and it is imperative that it is being done on an ongoing basis. The children who we see the most are the ones who fully benefit from our program.
  • Child must have a parent or guardian who is legally authorized to complete and sign permission slips and liability waivers and can return them to the office via mail, email or text in a timely fashion. 
  • Child must be able to get to one of the following pick-up and drop-off locations on time. The times are set beforehand on the permission slip, but they are always subject to change and times are finalized a day or two before the outing. We realize that transportation may be difficult for many families, but at this time we are not able to provide home pick-ups or drop-offs.
    • Pick-up/Drop-off locations:
      • San Francisco- Upper level parking lot in front of Petco at 16th St and Potrero Ave
      • East Bay- La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley at 3105 Shattuck Ave
      • Marin- Montecito Shopping Center in San Rafael in front of Rite Aid at 471 3rd St 

If you have questions about a child's eligiblity, please contact the office at 415-457-8799.

To start the process:

Caregivers Click Here to fill out an intake questionnaire.
Teachers, counselors, social workers, or other third party referring partners Click Here to fill out an intake questionnaire.
Or, you may request an intake questionnaire by calling our office at 415-457-8799, or by sending a request to
After we receive both online intakes we will contact you to complete the referral process.