Call for Proposals

The 2019 National Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference committee invites you to submit proposals for the 2nd Annual Conference on April 14-17, 2019(limit of two proposal submissions per person). 
The focus ofthisyears conference is:
Integration Touchpoints: Elevating Voices for Opportunities and Improved Outcomes

Proposals should be submitted to one of three tracks.

1. Connecting children and incarcerated parents through family supportive visits and communication

Parent/child separation due to detention or incarceration can have profound impacts on child and family development and well-being.Proposalsare invited that span the developmental continuum from infancy through young adulthood, and that consider the needs of children and families as well as those of the correctional facilities and staff, impact on children and families, and evaluation of programs. We invite evidence-based approaches for supporting children and their incarcerated parents to visit and communicate and the impact of such.

2. Innovations in research across disciplines

Research on children of incarcerated parents stems from multiple disciplines, involves multiple approaches, and examines the impact of incarceration on children and families across multiple domains of well-being and stages of child development. Research is encouraged that fills gaps in our knowledge and that is designed to improve practices with children and families and ultimately child and family outcomes. We invite research presentations that make clear implications for practice and policy.

3.  Capacity building across systems

The experience of incarcerated parents in legal and correctional systems has profound impacts on children and families and their experiences in other systems. This track calls for presentations from various system perspectives, e.g., economic support, health and mental health, education, law enforcement, corrections, child welfare and faith-based, on bettering the lives of children and families of incarcerated parents. Presentations on accountability, responsibility and ownership for outcomes across systems and system imposed trauma are also encouraged, as are examples of coordinated and integrated systems of care and responsive policy solutions. 

Proposals that highlight race and gender are encouraged across all tracks


We are accepting proposals for various presentation formats, including

30-minute oral presentation or poster presentation

60-minute oral presentation or poster presentation

90-minute discussion panel

15-minute lunch-time TED-like talk

Each proposal must be submitted separately. 
Recommended file formats include Word Doc, PDF, PPT, and Video.