Resource Fair at Detention center – We will be having a Resource Fair at the Detention center on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 1 – 3:00 p.m. We will have bags filled with resources for the children, blankets for families, face painting and lots of other surprises. We do this at least once a year during men’s visitation and have usually given out we bring in in a two hour time period.
The National Prisoner’s Family Conference – Shari Ostrow Scher will be presenting on Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership at The National Prisoner’s Family Conference in Dallas, Texas. This conference is designed to support the families of prisoners.
Gifts for children – In late December 2013, we worked with women at the Detention center so that their children could receive holiday gifts from their Moms. Women who were participating in parenting classes had the opportunity to make holiday stockings, tape books, and send a special message via a stuffed bear or dog to their children. It was an emotional time and a great success.
Membership – Lots of local churches and community groups had the president of COIPP come and talk about the group. The interest was enormous. The payoff was that many new members decided to join the ranks of our membership while we outreach to the children.
Support Groups – Small support groups for caregivers are currently continuing at Family Partnership. Additional ones will be starting at Head Start in the next few months and possibly at Lucas Village and Family Literacy.
Lending Library – Lots of books have been collected for our lending library at the Detention center. The groups that have participated in collection are Hood College, Middletown Library, Onica Prall Child Development Center at Hood, Frederick Literacy Council, and more. The result is that we now have more than enough books for children to take away as they visit a loved one.