Call for Proposals

2021 TxCFR Annual Conference

Live Events Thursday, March 4th - Friday, March 5th

On-Demand Events Tuesday, March 2nd - Wednesday, March 3rd

UPDATE:  This conference has be moved to a virtual event! Please plan to submit and present virtually.

The deadline for general proposals is December 1stThe deadline for Student Poster Competition proposals is December 15th.

2021 TxCFR Student Poster

Program Vice President:

Janis Henderson, Ph.D.

J. Henderson Education Services

Conference Theme

Promoting Healthy Families:  Texas Family Support Systems


TxCFR invites proposals from new and established professional practitioners, educators, and researchers from universities, state agencies, non-profit organizations, and private practice and from graduate and undergraduate students. The TxCFR Annual conference has a history of bringing together people whose work in these areas promote wellbeing and resilience in Texas families.


The 2021 Annual Conference will focus on existing networks of family support across the state as well as on developing new partnerships between family science and family service entities and individuals. Proposals centered on the conference theme, Texas Family Support Systems, are especially encouraged; however, all topics related to family are welcome.


Please plan to join us VIRTUALLY this year! Proposals may be submitted in the following categories:


  • Papers (Practice, Policy, or Original Research)

  • Workshops (1-Hour Interactive Presentation)

  • Roundtable Discussions

  • Professional Poster Presentations

Additionally, students may submit to the 4th Annual TxCFR Student Poster Competition by December 15th. The student poster competition will also be held virtually this year. Click here for the student poster competition guidelines.


Consistent with the standards outlined by the National Council on Family Relations, TxCFR proposals must 1) describe work that has progressed sufficiently to allow the presenter to prepare a polished presentation in time for the conference, 2) utilize a method of research or practice that is appropriate and rigorous, 3) be clearly written and logically organized, 4) demonstrate a strong connection to research, theory, policy, and/or practice, and 5) include 3 measurable objectives. Please see the sample objectives created by the National Council on Family Relations below for guidance.


Sample Objectives

  • To evaluate the effectiveness of the [insert title here] family program.

  • To analyze the [insert family policy here] from a family perspective.

  • To demonstrate return on investments families provide in health care.

Note that these are only examples. Your objectives do not need to include this specific wording.


Before submitting your proposal, be sure you are prepared to include the following elements:

  1. Proposal title

  2. Author(s) and credentials

  3. Preferred presentation format

  4. Proposal focus

  5. Short abstract (including your title and the 100-word synopsis of your proposal--do NOT list the authors of the proposal)

  6. Long proposal:  Long proposals for professional Papers, Workshops, Roundtable Discussions, and Poster Presentations 

    1. Must include the title, a summary of 500 - 1000 words, a maximum one pages of references, and an optional maximum of two pages of figures/tables--do NOT list the authors of the proposal. This will be used for blind review. Please submit a PDF file. Generally, the following components should be included in long proposals for professional submissions:

      1. Method of Research or Practice

      2. Analysis and Preliminary Results/Conclusions

      3. Implications for Policy/Research/Practice

      4. Aims/Goals​



A submissions indicates agreement at least one author will attend the conference and present if the submitted proposal is accepted. Please note that any author or co-author who attends the conference must register and pay the appropriate registration fee.


Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline for general proposals is December 1st. The deadline for Student Poster Competition proposals is December 15th.

Submit Your Proposal

All proposals will be peer-reviewed in a blind review process to determine acceptance. If accepted to present, any author that is presenting must register for the TxCFR 2021 Conference. Before you begin completing your submission form, please have your short abstract and your long abstract prepared in MS Word/DocX or PDF files ready. If you have multiple proposals to submit, please submit each one separately. Please do NOT use a phone, mobile device, or tablet to complete this proposal. Please use a computer

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