Returning Hearts
Family Restoration

Returning Hearts focuses on creating an environment of reconciliation between inmate parents and their children.

Returning Hearts Celebration is an event that unites children and their fathers and mothers for an unforgettable day of games, food, relationship building and Bible teaching. For one day each year, fathers and mothers can be real parents to their children.

Most importantly, the inmate parent is given the opportunity to reconcile with their child by asking for their forgiveness and inviting them to accept Christ’s offer of salvation This begins the healing process, breaking the power of sin and the cycle of crime.

Returning Hearts Celebrations are run and managed by local churches. If you would like more information about starting a Celebration in your area, contact us today!
Inmate Dad and Child


Registration is now closed for the upcoming Returning Hearts Celebration. Please be in prayer for the inmates fathers and their children as they experience Christ’s heart for reconciliation. 

Also, pray for the volunteers as they travel from five states to serve the inmate families of Laborde.


Join volunteers from across the United States at a one of a kind mission trip in the Dominican Republic! (Click here for the flier.)

From October 11-17, 2017 we are partnering with Project Manana and will have the opportunity to serve at the 2nd Returning Hearts Celebration in the DR! (Click here to see the trip’s agenda.)

Space is limited so sign up today  Click here to access the registration form.

Also check out the FAQ page and the flier to help recruit your friends and church family!

For additional information contact Awana Lifeline at 888-944-4292 or

ReturningHearts05-19-2018 :: SAVE THE DATE FOR THE RHC AT ANGOLA PRISON!
The Returning Hearts Celebration at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana is set for Saturday, May 19! Additional information and the registration form will be available by the end of the year. Check back here for details on how to be a part of this life changing day for inmates and their children.

Returning Hearts
  • Returning Hearts is a celebration to bring children into prison to meet with their incarcerated parent.
  • Parents are instructed that God expects them to reach out and teach their children about Christ.
  • The gospel message is presented before the conclusion of the celebration, and the inmates are prompted to talk with their children about becoming a Christ follower.

Returning Hearts
  • The incarcerated parent is encouraged to complete Awana Lifeline materials and understand the reason for having this celebration. While completing the Awana Lifeline curriculum is not a requirement it is strongly encouraged. Completing the curriculum gives the inmate parent tools to reach out to their children.
  • Each prison/jail sets up the requirements for inmates to participate (class participation, behavior, etc.)
  • Prisons can also decide if grandchildren, nieces and nephews would be allowed to attend.
  • Hosting ministries/churches should spend time prior to the Returning Hearts Celebration with the inmate parent teaching them how to share the Gospel with their children as well as teaching them how to ask for forgiveness.

Returning Hearts
  • To participate in the Lifeline programs (Malachi Dads/Hannah's Gift)
  • Be an example to their children by exhibiting good behavior