The Alameda County Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (ACCIPP) is a regional coalition focused on those who work with or are concerned about children of incarcerated parents. The goal is to improve the lives of children with an incarcerated parent through increased awareness, improved programs and policy reforms. This partnership includes social service providers, representatives of government bodies, advocates, and others. The activities of ACCIPP focus on the effect on children at all stages of their parent’s criminal justice involvement - from the time of the parent’s arrest, sentencing, visitation and contact, caregiver support, and re-entry (probation and parole).
In order to change policies and practices, ACCIPP employs the following approaches: Build relationships between diverse organizations both on the “inside and outside” of the corrections system (i.e. jail, prison, probation, juvenile justice, reentry, social service, child welfare, education between government and non-profit entities); Identify, develop, and implement an advocacy strategy focused on specific areas where policies and services need to be created or improved; and Increase professional and public awareness in order to build momentum and support for policy and program reforms that will safeguard and assist children of incarcerated parents.
BILL OF RIGHTS
- I have the right to be kept safe and informed at the time of my parent’s arrest.
- I have the right to be heard when decisions are made about me.
- I have the right to be considered when decisions are made about my parent.
- I have the right to be well cared for in my parent’s absence.
- I have the right to speak with, see and touch my parent.
- I have the right to support as I face my parent’s incarceration.
- I have the right not to be judged, blamed or labeled because my parent is incarcerated.
- I have the right to a lifelong relationship with my parent.
* The work of ACCIPP is built on the "Bill of Rights for Children of Incarcerated Parents" (developed by the SF Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership).