September 29, 2021 through October 01, 2021

We are just days away from the start of the 3rd Biennial Conference!  The dates are September 29 through October 01, 2021, 9:00 a.m. through 4:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (United States).  We have extended the conference hours to accommodate the overwhelming responses of interested conference presenters. Early Bird registration is now closed.  However, regular rates are in effect.  We are excited about our keynote speakers who are listed under INCCIP Conference Updates. Please scroll down and read the details. Check out our General and International Sessions! See the detailed conference schedule: Detailed Conference Schedule

INCCIP Conference Updates

INCCIP 2021 Conference Schedule

INCCIP 2021 Conference Schedule

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The INCCIP Conference Registration will open in March 2021. In the meantime, please scroll over to the 2021 INCCIP Conference link to learn about the conference themes and call for presentations.

The Host Country is the United States of America, with delegates from the Washington, DC area serving on the planning committee. The conference format is virtual. The dates are: 29 September through 01 October. This global conference will attract Youth Advocates, Researchers, Educators, Advocates, and attendees from around the world. Celebrate and raise the awareness during the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Day of General Discussion: Children With Incarcerated Parents.

This year’s theme is: Children of Incarcerated Parents: Striving, Thriving, And Making a Difference!

Our biennial INCCIP conference will be held virtually. This year the United States serves as the host country.  Dr. Avon Hart-Johnson is the chairperson for this conference. We invite your participation as a presenter and attendee. We are excited to announce several conference tracks that align with our conference, as listed below.

Avon Hart-Johnson
PhD, Conference Planning Committee Chairperson.

Early Bird registration begins: March 05, 2021. We look forward to you joining us for this global conference. You will network with youth ambassadors, advocates, researchers, educators, faith-based leaders, and others. We know that in-person conferences are wonderful, however, this conference increases our outreach and inclusion for people around the globe. We want you to be part of this wonderful experience.

Featured: Three of the INCCIP Conference Planning Committee Members (l to R): Tiffany Simmons, Yasmine Arrington, Nancy Loucks.

Call For Papers, Workshops & Symposiums

The International Coalition for Children With Incarcerated Parents (INCCIP) Conference Committee is inviting abstract submissions for the 2021 conference themed

“Children of Incarcerated Parents: Striving, Thriving, and Making a Difference”

The deadline for submission is 05/15/2021. We welcome submissions on any topic related to our conference tracks and those topics of which you believe to be aligned with the INCCIP goals and mission for children.

Call For Papers: We strongly encourage submissions in the areas listed below under “Conference Tracks.” We encourage submissions from youth (18 yrs. and older), educators, community leaders, policy makers, progressive corrections-based family program administrators, students, advocates, researchers, and arts/music/bibliotherapists.

For Abstracts:
Papers, Presentations, Workshops, Symposiums

The theme of the annual conference is:  Children of Incarcerated Parents: Striving, Thriving and Making a Difference.

How is your organization or work contributing to children’s well-being? What opportunities to give voice to young people who are striving and thriving to make a difference? What good or best practices are your institutions, agencies, charities, communities doing to support children?

How are your organizations using creative expressive art, music, and/or bibliotherapy to advance the wellbeing of children and to give voice and expression to their lived experiences?



Papers, presentations, and workshops that will reflect on this theme are especially encouraged, but we consider submissions on any related topic. We accept abstracts from individuals as well as those who wish to present on a panel. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words typed, double spaced, using a 12pt font. Your presentation should describe the purpose (if applicable: the methods, results, conclusions) of your research study. Submissions should contain your name, your organization, and the title of your presentation.  Please be sure to note if your submission is for an individual, group, or panel discussion.  Individual presenters in some cases, may be assigned to a panel and will have 15 minutes to deliver their presentations. Specific individual presenters may be chosen to present 20 minute segments (15 session and 5 min. Q&A). You may not submit or take part in more than one panel presentation, unless requested. Presenters may give one paper at the conference. However, you are welcome to make a workshop submission.

All presenters must register for the conference.
INCCIP Conference Submission Deadline: Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11:59PM EST.

About The 2021 INCCIP Conference

In May, 2015, at the Prisoners’ Families conference in Dallas, Texas, a group of families, researchers, and community organisations agreed to set up INCCIP, the International Coalition for the Children of Incarcerated Parents. Meeting again in 2016, it was agreed that the first conference of the network would be held in 2017 in New Zealand.  In August of 2019, the conference was held in Huddersfield, England with over 100 delegates present. This year, in September of 2021, the conference will be virtual, given the global pandemic. While we were hoping to host the conference in Washington, DC, we are pleased that we have the option to hold a virtual conference, at a lower fee, and with a greater potential of providing access and outreach to global attendees.

INCCIP is a unique kind of network, including researchers, advocates, and organizations that work with the families and children of persons who are incarcerated. All participants at the conference are invited to join INCCIP and in particular to attend our annual general meeting (AGM) on Wed evening during the week of the conference. This is an important meeting for us as decisions need to be made about the strategy, membership, and the location of the next conference in two years.

Conference Tracks

 This conference offers an opportunity to broaden the outreach for sectors outside of our mailing list. We seek to extend to educators, social workers, workers in human services, corrections, arts and humanities, policy and lawmakers, judicial domains, and in other sectors of society.

Youth Ambassador Track: This track is designed to attract young adult youth ambassadors as the primary voices that set the agenda for INCCIP. Some sessions can be pre-recorded. There will be a virtual art gallery and a showcase of youth talent (e.g. poetry, drawings, music, etc.)

Social Justice and Policy Track: The Social Justice and Policy track will empower administrators, scholars, non-profit leaders, and public policy professionals across the field to accelerate change by discussing how public policy initiatives can support children of incarcerated parents. This track features thought-provoking discussions and information-sharing sessions centered on the realities and policy dynamics that impact children’s equity, equality, and opportunities. INCCIP will showcase cutting-edge research and best practices for ending the school-to-prison pipeline and breaking the carceral cycle for youth and minorities with generations of family members behind bars. Examples of Sessions for this track: Global Policy Discussion (The School to Prison Pipeline, Realities of the Youth Achievement Gap for Children with Parents Serving Life Sentences); Lecture Series (e.g. ending the cycle of incarceration for black males with fathers behind bars); Roundtable Discussion (Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Criminal Justice Systems); Author Speaker Series (e.g., Insights from the Novel, Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris); Lighting Speaker Rounds (Ted Talk Series) -“lock-up and locked out, raising a child behind the walls.”

Reflections: 2021 Conference Attendees. Huddersfield, England.

Dr. Robin Bell and Dr. Avon Hart-Johnson during the 2019 ICCIP Conference, Huddersfield, England.

Academics Call for Research Papers: This track is designed for academics who wish to provide research, papers, and presentations that have both local and global implications. There is an opportunity to publish work in an INCCIP international journal. Optionally, consider a Community Research Track: This track supports those who carry out formal research on any topic about the children of prisoners, as well as related, broader research into justice systems, with families, and about national policies. The participants in this track may work together to publish journals or books (including, potentially, our own journal) and present work at the INCCIP conference and other conferences. Researchers may also support work taking place in other tracks.

Arts, Music, Bibliotherapy: This track includes the submission of workshops, seminars, or panel discussions on how the arts, including music, poetry, prose, and bibliotherapy, can be used to support children with incarcerated parents. The aforementioned virtual gallery of featured works will showcase during intermission and at select times during the conference.

Faith-based Track: This track is designed to highlight the role of faith-based institutions that advocate, collaborate, and provide interventions for children of incarcerated parents. This conference track showcases the transformative work of faith-based and related charitable service organizations, which adds the needed component to illuminating and responding to the needs of the children of incarcerated parents locally, regionally, and globally.  The faith community has long stood as the heartbeat in helping to forge partnerships with government, business, civic, social, and non-profit entities, which are all vital to provide a holistic approach to supporting this population of children.  The 2021 INCCIP conference will infuse the voices of faith groups as an integral part of the conversation and discussion surrounding the challenges faced by our children and their parents. Note: Workshops will possibly draw attention to local groups who might be interested in developing programs for the children, then move to regional efforts, and then go beyond borders to global efforts.

All presenters must register for the conference.
INCCIP Conference Submission Deadline: Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11:59PM EST.

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