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December 2016/January 2017

Preparation has begun for a crowdfunding campaign to help raise the much needed funds to complete the Memory Books which are in process.  It takes a lot to get the books designed, written and ready for print and even more to print and distribute them. It also takes several months of work to create and implement a succesful crowdfunding campaign.  Look for us soon on gofundme.com.

October 15, 2016

The first two of the very lovely Memory Books for children in foster care are in process and will soon be available!  Memory Book for ages 0 - 4 and Memory Book for ages 4 - 8 will be found at the Stores/Books page.  The third Memory Book for ages 8+ is next!

September 12, 2016

Our first four books, “Doogie’s Dad,” “Kofi’s Mom,” “Where’s Dad?,” and “two of every 100” are now listed in our store here on the site and can be purchased directly.

September 8, 2016

We have started work on our first book aimed at children dealing with feelings of loss, fear and frustration from having a parent deployed in the military.

September 5, 2016

Work has started on the next three books, “My Memory Book ages 0 - 4,”My Memory Book ages 4 - 8,” and “My Memory Book ages 8+.” These are a series of books with creative ways for a child and their caregiver to record events and happenings in the child’s life, while they are unable to live with their birth family due to incarceration (or other family separation), so that those years are not lost. We hope to have them ready by Christmas, but there is a lot of work to be done!

August 31, 2016

It took a great deal of effort, but at last this website is up and running. Official launch!

August 20, 2016

We have registered the nonprofit, Family Bridge Network, with the state of California and are waiting for the certified copies of the certificate to arrive. 

July 2016

Four wonderful books for helping children deal with the incarceration of a parent are now revised, edited and ready for print.  The books, written by Dr. Richard W. Dyches, Ph.D. and edited by Edward Hudson, are written for children ranging from 4 to 11 years of age.

June 2016

We’ve been brainstorming for a name for the nonprofit and for our mission statement.  Editing and revision of our first books has begun.
© 2016 Family Bridge Network

A nonprofit and a cat

How did this nonprofit come to exist and what does this cat have to do with it? In January, 2016, I started on my own personal mission to reach out to prisoners, mostly life sentences without parole and death sentence inmates. The only realistic way to do this on your own is through letter writing or pen pal programs. As I started down that path I did not know where it would lead, but I already had a nonprofit organization in mind, as one person alone can only do so much; I can only write so many letters a week. By working with inmates, I met several interesting and helpful people who broke the molds and preconceived notions I had about people in prison.  I became aware of the various people who are hurt and affected when a person goes to prison - children, brothers, sisters, parents, partners and spouses. The concept behind this nonprofit originated there, but the initial help I received came from an unexpected source - one inmate I was corresponding with had a similar vision.  Educated and experienced with nonprofits, he was instrumental in helping me set this in motion and so now we both work on this common goal together. Around this same time, I adopted a feral orphaned kitten who I named Brian, after the character in the TV series “Unlimited,” because despite his “wildness,” he was sharp and fast and alert as though he was taking a “smart pill.” He would also bite and scratch and we have the scars to prove it!  As we started putting together a business plan and a team and gathering resources and editing the first books, Brian was always there - feral, untouchable, untrusting, scared and separated from his family - left behind.  This reminded me of the mission of this nonprofit - reaching out to those who feel alone and hurt and afraid.  Brian has been here every step of the way and through hours and days and months of work and patience, I’ve gained his trust and his growling and biting have turned into purring, eating from my hand and sleeping on my desk on my laptop as you can see in the photo above. Just like with Brian, reaching out to those who are left behind is what this nonprofit is all about. As we grow and develop and even learn from our mistakes, we’ll post it all here. -Edward Hudson CEO, Family Bridge Network
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December 2016/January 2017

Preparation has begun for a crowdfunding campaign to help raise the much needed funds to complete the Memory Books which are in process.  It takes a lot to get the books designed, written and ready for print and even more to print and distribute them. It also takes several months of work to create and implement a succesful crowdfunding campaign.  Look for us soon on gofundme.com.

October 15, 2016

The first two of the very lovely Memory Books for children in foster care are in process and will soon be available!  Memory Book for ages 0 - 4 and Memory Book for ages 4 - 8 will be found at the Stores/Books page.  The third Memory Book for ages 8+ is next!

September 12, 2016

Our first four books, “Doogie’s Dad,” “Kofi’s Mom,” “Where’s Dad?,” and “two of every 100” are now listed in our store here on the site and can be purchased directly.

September 8, 2016

We have started work on our first book aimed at children dealing with feelings of loss, fear and frustration from having a parent deployed in the military.

September 5, 2016

Work has started on the next three books, “My Memory Book ages 0 - 4,”My Memory Book ages 4 - 8,” and “My Memory Book ages 8+.” These are a series of books with creative ways for a child and their caregiver to record events and happenings in the child’s life, while they are unable to live with their birth family due to incarceration (or other family separation), so that those years are not lost. We hope to have them ready by Christmas, but there is a lot of work to be done!

August 31, 2016

It took a great deal of effort, but at last this website is up and running. Official launch!

August 20, 2016

We have registered the nonprofit, Family Bridge Network, with the state of California and are waiting for the certified copies of the certificate to arrive. 

July 2016

Four wonderful books for helping children deal with the incarceration of a parent are now revised, edited and ready for print.  The books, written by Dr. Richard W. Dyches, Ph.D. and edited by Edward Hudson, are written for children ranging from 4 to 11 years of age.

June 2016

We’ve been brainstorming for a name for the nonprofit and for our mission statement.  Editing and revision of our first books has begun.
© 2016 Family Bridge Network

A nonprofit and a cat

How did this nonprofit come to exist and what does this cat have to do with it? In January, 2016, I started on my own personal mission to reach out to prisoners, mostly life sentences without parole and death sentence inmates. The only realistic way to do this on your own is through letter writing or pen pal programs. As I started down that path I did not know where it would lead, but I already had a nonprofit organization in mind, as one person alone can only do so much; I can only write so many letters a week. By working with inmates, I met several interesting and helpful people who broke the molds and preconceived notions I had about people in prison.  I became aware of the various people who are hurt and affected when a person goes to prison - children, brothers, sisters, parents, partners and spouses. The concept behind this nonprofit originated there, but the initial help I received came from an unexpected source - one inmate I was corresponding with had a similar vision.  Educated and experienced with nonprofits, he was instrumental in helping me set this in motion and so now we both work on this common goal together. Around this same time, I adopted a feral orphaned kitten who I named Brian, after the character in the TV series “Unlimited,” because despite his “wildness,” he was sharp and fast and alert as though he was taking a “smart pill.” He would also bite and scratch and we have the scars to prove it!  As we started putting together a business plan and a team and gathering resources and editing the first books, Brian was always there - feral, untouchable, untrusting, scared and separated from his family - left bahind.  This reminded me of the mission of this nonprofit - reaching out to those who feel alone and hurt and afraid.  Brian has been here every step of the way and through hours and days and months of work and patience, I’ve gained his trust and his growling and biting have turned into purring, eating from my hand and sleeping on my desk on my laptop as you can see in the photo above. Just like with Brian, reaching out to those who are left behind is what this nonprofit is all about. As we grow and develop and even learn from our mistakes, we’ll post it all here. -Edward Hudson CEO, Family Bridge Network
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