What is craine house?

Craine House is an innovative alternative sentencing work release program for women and their preschool aged children.  Since 1993, Craine House has served nonviolent female offenders and their young children in a unique home-like setting offering comprehensive wrap-around services to end the cycle of incarceration and poverty for the families it serves. It provides a positive, structured environment where women with preschool age children may live WITH their mothers, thus strengthening the mother-child bond and helping mothers learn improved parenting abilities and children to develop learning and social skills. We currently have room for 40 moms and their preschool age children.


Craine House is only one of six such programs in the United States—and the only one in the Midwest.  Women are sentenced by a judge to live with their children at Craine House for 3 to 9 months, where they are matched with professional services that meet their individual needs.  During that time, women are provided access to intensive case management and re-entry planning, as well as a wide array of other support services and programs, including:

  • HSE classes
  • financial classes
  • job skills classes
  • individual and family counseling
  • life skills programs
  • anger management
  • self-esteem programs
  • parenting classes
  • intensive substance abuse treatment
  • access to faith-based programs
  • health and nutrition counseling
  • children’s support services
  • tutoring

The goal of Craine House is to break the generational cycles of abuse, poverty and crime. Programs and services for the children improve their sense of security and social skills and reduce their risk of substance abuse, behavioral disorders, academic failure, delinquency and violence.


Craine House looks forward to increasing our public awareness, involvement and volunteer help. Thank you for your support in the past and we hope you will continue to keep Craine House in your giving as we continue to serve more women and their children from our communities throughout Indiana.





Click here to listen to Board President, Mike Cook, discuss Craine House with Tina Cosby from The Light, 92.7.





The typical resident sentenced to Craine House is twenty-six years old.  She usually has two children; infant to five and many times she has an older child that is in foster care or with a family member. The population is usually a 50/50 split serving both Caucasian and African American and have completed the 11th grade.  Most of the women have worked in some type of service industry in the past, make an average $760.00 per month and suffer from some type of trauma.











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