Youth Development

Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership Inc


Frederick, MD


Our Mission is to assist children and their caregivers who are impacted by the incarceration of a loved one.

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Executive Director

Shari Scher

Main Address

PO Box 791

Frederick, MD 21705 USA


Support, Education, Aid





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Children who have an incarcerated loved one often face overlooked obstacles. The instability and stress that a child faces while losing a loved one to incarceration often impacts them emotionally, socially, academically, economically, and beyond.

Our programs

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Sharing Fair

Children's Activities

Coffee with COIPP

Crisis Help

Parenting Classes

Lending Library

Scholarship Fund

Birthday Blast

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Our Results

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Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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We work to address the social, academic, emotional, and financial burdens that
the incarceration of a loved one poses for a child. We offer support through varying programs that focus on the children, their caregivers, and their incarcerated loved one in order to facilitate a healthy environment for the children. This work aims to create a strong foundation for the children who are impacted by incarceration and separate them from the stigma of their circumstance. Over the next few years, we aim to establish new programs that focus on other facets of this experience to offer a well rounded support network. We succeed in our mission when children are able to find support while growing up with the incarceration of a loved one.

In order to achieve our mission we offer programs that focus on the needs of the children, their caregivers, and their incarcerated loved one.
For children, we offer programs that provide necessities, educational resources, and items of comfort, activities for children to enjoy themselves and connect with their peers, a giving library at the local detention center, and scholarships to Frederick Community College.
For caregivers, we offer programs that provide workshops that cover topics of personal need for the children that include anger management and feelings of loss or abandonment, scholarships to Frederick Community College, and crisis assistance.
For present and formally incarcerated loved ones, we offer programs that include weekly "Parenting from Afar" classes at the local detention center, weekly support groups, scholarships, and crisis assistance.

We are able to support these programs with generous donations and grants from our community, fundraisers, discounts from the local bookstore, a strong network with local agencies, the guidance of the impacted community, and the enthusiasm and compassion of our volunteers. In the future, we aim to establish a physical location for our organization so that we may better offer a safe space for support groups to meet and to connect people with the needed resources.

COIPP will be able to visualize the growth of the support that we offer by tracking the number of books given to children, the number of scholarships that are given, the number of children who receive resources at sharing fairs, the number of workshops that are held, and the number of families who are aided during a time of crisis.

Over the past few years, COIPP has been successful in establishing programs and making community connections that support our mission. Looking forward, we are aiming to broaden our support by establishing programs that will offer individual mentoring for families, recreational sports scholarships, and group and individual therapy sessions. In addition, we will continue diversifying our outreach by further developing our advisory board that is made up of individuals in the community with insight into the goals of our organization.

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