Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership Inc

aka COIPP   |   Frederick, MD   |  www.coipp.org

Mission

Our mission is to foster the growth of strong, resilient, hopeful children who are impacted by an incarcerated loved one in the Frederick County region.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Shari Scher

Main address

22 South Market Street Suite 101A

Frederick, MD 21701 USA

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EIN

27-3552072

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sharing Fair

Offers books, toys, clothing, hygiene products and other necessities to children who are impacted by incarnation. Sharing Fairs are held on visiting days at the jail.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Offers monthly events, like bowling, for children to come together and get to know peers in a similar circumstance.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Offers time for caregivers to enjoy activities, obtain needed information and support one another while the children participate in supervised activities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Offers immediate support with guidance and gift cards for caregivers and newly released parents who have an immediate need for assistance.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Offers parenting classes for current inmates to help maintain healthy relationships with their family.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We have a library at our local Frederick Detention center. Children can look at a book and then take a book to keep on their way out of visitation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We provide scholarships to Frederick Community College for caregivers,for children of those who are incarcerated and for part time students who are parents/family recently released from jail.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A program of giving birthday cards and small gift cards to all children who have an incarcerated loved one.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families

Related Program

Scholarship Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We give out scholarships each year to our local community college. These are for anyone impacted by incarceration.

Number of books distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Children's Activities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

High quality books are given out directly to children at events. We also give out children's books to caregivers at workshops and to those in jail completing our parenting class.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families

Related Program

Children's Activities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We consistently reached at least 600 children each year. Some families request one service; some utilize a number of resources and services.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Parenting Classes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers refer to workshops given four times a year and the parenting classes held in the jail.

Number of families who received crisis assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Crisis Help

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number refers to families who contact us because they are in need of emergency gift cards for the children.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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.

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. In addition, the organization has taken steps to automate data collection and reporting and professionalize its outward facing communications (website, newsletters, etc.).

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Children impacted by the incarceration of a loved one Adults who are currently incarcerated Caregivers who care for the child during the time of parent's incarceration

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We increased the number of respite meetings as a result of caregiver interest.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The board decided to increase the number (frequency) of respite meetings held with caregivers.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Sally Smith


Board co-chair

Ms. Pat Rosensteel

Shirley White

Gretta Benson

Theresa Posthuma

Vanessa Thomas

Marisel Torres-Crespo

Cathy Anderson

Pat Rosensteel

Sue Guissinger

Sally Smith

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/13/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.