National Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference
2020 was quite a year, and much to our dismay, we were forced to postpone the 3rd Annual National Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference. The goal of expanding programming, advocacy and policy across the country remains, and to that end we will host the 3rd Annual National Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference virtually on April 14, 21, & 28, 2021.
We continue to be inspired by the feedback from prior conference attendees who have been motivated to put in place programming and advocate for policy change. These indomitable spirits are the driving force behind our dedication to continue the work. In keeping with the theme - From Awareness to Action - we will be offering three tracks:
Wednesday, April 14, 2020
Practices and Programs – Programs or a promising practice that positively affect children and families prior to incarceration (e.g., at arrest), during incarceration (visits and family camp, parenting, communication), or at release and re-entry. Learn about programs and practices that are Large system programs and practices (child welfare, education, mental health, law enforcement, income support) as well as in nonprofits and service organizations that can be shared for implementation in other jurisdictions.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Public Policy – A look at successful policy at local, state and federal levels. Where was policy change successful, how was it achieved, and what was the effect? Sharing strategies for success. Identifying policies to promote across jurisdictions. Identifying what tactics work best for developing legislation and gaining support.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Community Advocacy – How to help prepare those who are affected to tell their stories to advocate, as well as presentations that provide a roadmap for how to organize and build coalitions, and how to elevate the needs of all communities including those that are disproportionately affected –e.g., Native American, African American and Latinx populations, rural populations. Addressing ethical issues involved in advocacy, such as when is engaging children & families exploitative, how do you use the intergenerational cycle language without inducing stigma, and how do you monitor social media to gain allies and leverage support? Sharing successes so that others may replicate that success and learn from those experiences . We welcome collaborations between personally impacted, community organizers, advocacy professionals and program providers.
Early Bird (before 2/26)
All 3 Days
- We will be offering CEU credits for the conference for an additional fee (more info to come)
- Conference sessions will be recorded and will be made available for a period of 6 weeks after the conference