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Foreverfamily, Inc. records

Identifier: W120

Scope and Contents of the Records

Foreverfamily, Inc. records, 1975-2015 [bulk, 2003-2009], document the nonprofit's efforts to expand services on a national level. "National Expansion" was its campaign to explore various options and possibilities in new regions of the country.

A National Advisory Board of experts from different areas in those communities formed the network of support for this national outreach program. These records include the Board's agendas, presentations, reports, research files, toolkits and work plans all utilized in an effort to explore the possibilities of coalition building, community organizing and other potential resources that might be available. In addition, later accessions include artifacts, t-shirts, videos and photographs documenting the groups activities.


  • Creation: 1975-2016
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 2003 - 2008


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Historical Note about Foreverfamily, Inc.

The non-profit agency Foreverfamily was originally known as "Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers" or AIM. In 1987, Sandra Barnhill left her job as a public interest attorney to create AIM, after becoming frustrated by the lack of support given to mothers sentenced to prison and to their children. Later, programming was created to reflect more than just the incarcerated mother but the family and care givers left behind, and the name was changed to reflect all those involved in raising children and the family unit in general. The Atlanta-based organization opened a second agency in Louisville, Kentucky, and has explored further expansion. Barnhill, nationally recognized for her work, has continued as National President of Foreverfamily.


13.1 Linear Feet (in 27 boxes)

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The non-profit agency Foreverfamily provides services and support to families and caregivers of children whose parents are incarcerated. Founded in Atlanta in 1987, the organization has agencies in Atlanta and Louisville, Kentucky. Its records, 1987-2009 [bulk, 2003-2009], primarily document the National Advisory Board that explored further expansion of the organization.


Arranged in 5 series; series 1-4 filed alphabetically.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Sandra Barnhill, National President of Foreverfamily, April 27, 2012 and August 18, 2017 (via Paula Dressel).

Processing Information

Processed by Hilary Morrish, September 2014, and Caitlin Harris, 2017-2019. Collection processed at the file level.

Foreverfamily, Inc.
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
September 2014
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2881 (Fax)