Handing Out Hope

What can a family member of a prisoner expect to get out of the Alabama Families of Prisoners Conference?

Based on previous years' successful events, we know you can expect to get a lot! You can get phone numbers of other families of prisoners to connect with all year long. You will learn about services you didn't know existed. You can collect handouts from the exhibit booths, and maybe even win a door prize or two. Workshops, panel discussions and guest speakers will provide opportunities for contacts with authors, child care experts, government officials and more. These representatives will answer questions and provide valuable information you can really use. You can expect to have a little fun too! Most of all, we expect you to leave with hope that you can and will get through the prison experience successfully.

What is the Kids Conference, and what ages of children can attend?

The AFPC Kids Conference is for children ages 6-15 who currently have, or used to have, a loved one incarcerated. The Kids Conference will take place in a child-friendly area at the same facility as the AFPC. It will be going on at the same time as the AFPC adult portion--so your child can get their very own conference experience, while you are free to enjoy the grown-up workshops, exhibits and fellowship. In the Kids Conference, children will be divided into age-appropriate small groups and go through the highly successful Extended Family for Kids curriculum, developed for children of the incarcerated. Through interactive learning sessions and fun, camp-like activities, your child will learn that it is not their fault their loved one is incarcerated, how to deal with anger, stress, communication issues and more! Check out the Kids Conference page on this website and then visit the Registration page to register. Your kids will thank you for it!

Where can I get a hard copy of the registration form?

You can contact us directly at 1-800-656-7197.

If I am not a family member of a prisoner but I'm interested in this field, will this be a conference I could attend?

Yes! This conference is attended by families of prisoners, returning inmates, Alabama Department of Corrections officials, prison ministry volunteers, social service representatives, and more. The AFPC workshops and exhibits cover a wide variety of topics. And the one-on-one connection you will make will enhance your experiences in the field you are in, regardless of whether or not you are a family member of a prisoner.

Is the AFPC a faith-based or community-based conference?

The AFPC is a community based conference, and we welcome all attendees regardless of their spiritual belief. When booking presenters and exhibitors, the AFPC strives for a wide range of topics that provide information and assistance to families of prisoners, their children and returning inmates. Presenters may represent a faith-based organization, community-based organization, government entity or individual purpose. Workshop presenters and exhibitors attend the AFPC to share their expertise. Some presentations will be directed toward an organization's faith-based solutions, others will be on a community-based initiative. It is the belief of the AFPC Planning Commitee that all of the presenters and exhibitors will bring something valuable to families of prisoners, regardless of the family member's spiritual beliefs.

What meals are included in the cost of the conference?

Saturday lunch and refreshments will be provided.

What is the purpose and mission of AFPC?

The purpose of AFPC is "providing opportunities to families of prisoners to become informed and empowered on their journey through the prison experience." The mission this year is "Handing Out Hope."

What do I need to wear to the conference?

Casual wear is perfect. We want you to be comfortable and ready to have a fun, relaxing experience.

How are Encourager Ministries, Inc. and the Alabama Families of Prisoners Conference associated?

Encourager Ministries, Inc. is an organization founded by Mary Kay Beard, who is most recognizable as the founder of the world wide Angel Tree program. In 2012, Mary Kay and her friend, Laure Clemons, worked with a team of professionals and planned the first Alabama Families of Prisoners Conference, with Encourager Ministries, Inc., as the nonprofit sponsor of the conference. At that time, McElwain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, volunteered to be the host site for the AFPC, and they have agreed to host the conference again this year. TO learn more about Mary Kay Beard and Encourager Ministires, Inc., visit www.marykaybeard.com.

If I still have questions, is there someone I can speak to directly?

Please call Healthy You, Inc. director Mary Palo at 800-656-7197. For more information on Healthy You, pelase visit www.jtfstraighttalk.com.