Family Orientation Meetings

The incarceration of a loved one is difficult for family and friends. The Missouri Department of Corrections can help answer your questions.

Resources for Family & Friends

Family Orientation Meetings

Family Orientation Meetings are held at least once each month at diagnostic centers for immediate family members or significant others of first-time offenders. These meetings, which last about one hour, provide general information about visiting, mail, sending money, offender classification and a general summary of all aspects of incarceration. Staff members answer questions and provide materials.

To make a reservation to attend a meeting or learn more about the department’s rules and practices, contact the facility during the first weeks of incarceration. Staff will make arrangements.

Diagnostic Centers

  • Eastern Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center
    2727 Highway K, Bonne Terre, MO 63628  573-358-5516
  • Fulton Reception & Diagnostic Center
    P.O. Box 190, Route O, Fulton, MO 65251  573-592-4040
  • Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center
    1101 East Highway 54, Vandalia, MO 63382  573-594-6686
  • Western Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center
    3401 Faraon Street, St. Joseph, MO 64506  816-387-2158

The department encourages family members to attend a Family Orientation Meeting and learn about the department to help stay informed and provide support and guidance to for their incarcerated loved one. Children should not attend.