We are so happy to help so many!

At a recent child/caregiver bowling and pizza event the following testimonials were shared with us:

The reason why we're bowling is to let loose of sadness. - Cait, age 8

I like how this was neat and organized and you provided us with food. It was a very fun day.-Samara, age 13

The environment for the children was great. The had a blast. The children could let loose.-Shantelle, Mom 

All I ever wanted was to be a better Mother than the one I got.  Briefly I am the product of a ‘make love, not war’ party on November 1969 at Frostburg.  She was on the pill and an unwanted child in 1970 was the last thing wanted by anyone but my grandfather (God bless his sweet heart). I waited till I was 28 to have children so that I was more mature. Having taken absolutely every parenting class I could (about 5) and regardless of my drug addiction/mental illness I believe myself to be a loving, caring, honest, realistic, protective Momma. Unfortunately, my coping skills have been limited and mostly illegal, but never abusive. Although not being there is certainly neglect, I loved, planned, and wanted all three of my precious children.  Without these parenting classes, I would have not one clue what I was or am doing. I will take any and all classes in this jail or any other facility has to offer so as to guide my children and any other people God blesses me with.  This couldn’t be more important.   How many of us have been misguided and/or abused before we put some real effort into parenting classes and mental health?

-Anonymous (Requested to keep name private).

April Update!

It's time for our Resource Fairs at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center! This is the time when we give out bags filled with resources for children. We also give awayhandmade blankets, books, have face painting, do nails and more surprises! Please note the following dates if you would like to participate and be apart of COIPP! We would love to have your help! 

Saturday, May 7- This is our first Mothers Day weekend fair. We will be at female visitation from 10-3:30.

Sunday, May 22- This is the time for our yearly Spring Resource Fair during Men's visitation. We will be there for all visitors from 10-3:30.

Sunday, June 12- We will be having a Bowling and Pizza party at Terrace Lanes, across from Frederick High School. This free event will take place between 11-1:00. To reserve a spot call 240 578 5662.

Last week I spoke at the Lions Clubs of Thurmont and Emmitsburg. There were about 80 people there learning about COIPP. Thanks Lions for hosting us.

The Cupcake Run was a huge success. Thank you to all our volunteers who came out to help. It did take a village. 

COIPP is proud to be a part of a new program at the Adult Detention Center. We have long been offering Parenting Classes every Wednesday evening. Now we are limiting our sessions to 8-10 women for an eight week period. If they successfully complete the sessions, they will get 5 days off their time. These interactive sessions discuss topics such as discipline, autonomy, street and more. The women are so motivated. It's an honor to work together every Wednesday night.

A Great Start To Our Year!

We have had a great start to the year here at COIPP, but we could use more volunteers! Volunteers are needed!  We need people to assist on for the Cupcake Run on August 17 in the morning at Monocacy Village Park near East Street  . We need help with registration, cheering on the course, welcoming runners back and more.  Please let us know immediately if you can help.  Remember, it is the sweetest race in town!!!

The 8th Annual Cupcake Run is almost here. Make sure to register early.  All proceeds will go to COIPP and our dear friends at Blessings In a Backpack. This is a wonderful opportunity to support us, support them-and support your own physical fitness. Remember, this is the sweetest race in town!!!

We challenge all schools to put together a team of walkers and runners for the 8th annual Cupcake Run.  This year it will be held onSunday, April 17th, in the morning at Monocacy Village Park near East Street. Registration on site will begin at 6:30; the race begins at8:30. It could not be better-you get to exercise, raise money for us, and enjoy a cupcake when done. What a way to begin the day. This is the sweetest race in town!!!

Do we have a deal for you.  Join us on Sunday, April 17, in the morning at Monocacy Village Park.  You can participate as a walker or a runner in the 8th annual Cupcake Run. This year City Loaf Baked Goods will be selling egg and biscuit or egg, bacon and biscuit  breakfast sandwiches-with all proceeds benefitting COIPP and Blessings In A Backpack. What a way to start the day- a walk/run, a cupcake and a homemade biscuit sandwich. That is what I call a great morning!!!

We are ready to head into the holiday season!

What a day we had at the library!  Thanks to Sprouting Melodies, we had a wonderful time making music and creating ice cream sundaes.  Here is to more weekend activities.  Thank you to Darcy for leading us in exploring the musical instruments.

Thank you Delaplaine Visual Arts Center for partnering with us and offering a free printmaking class for children and caregivers. Cannot wait until January 25 from 6-7:30 to join in the fun. Hope interested caregivers and children will get in touch and join in.

We were honored to present before the Frederick County Commission For Women. This is a great group that showed lots of interest in COIPP. Proud to be in a county that has such leadership!

Great Things are Happening with COIPP!

Great things are happening with COIPP! Here are some of our events coming up:

Great Stuff for a Great Cause!  Join our special event on Tuesday, December 8.  Our Second Annual Silent Auction will be at the Delaplaine Arts and Education Center from 5-8:00 PM. Tickets are $10 and include appetizers, a drink, and the opportunity to bid on fantastic items such as gift cards, jewelry, craft items, and much, much more! To get a ticket, message us at our Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership Facebook page, call us at 240 578 5662 or send us an email by contacting

Our second annual Resource Fair is Sunday, October 25, from 10-3:00, at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.  We will be giving away COIPP handmade blankets, children's resource bags, hygiene supplies, books and more.  Rain or shine, we are ready for a great day!

Music, goodies and more! Children and caregivers are invited to join us on Saturday, November 7, at the C Burr Arts Library, for an afternoon of musical instruments, ice cream sundaes- and simply a great day.  We are hoping that children of all ages will join us for a fantastic fun afternoon.

Early childhood matters. We will be inaugurating the new resource room at Lucas Village on Wednesday, October 21, at 2:00.  There will be puppets, reading books to preschoolers, and great introduction to COIPP.  

Great News! We just learned that for the second year we have been chosen for the Maryland Charity Campaign. Encourage all present and retired state employees to donate in our name.

Please contact us if you would like to get involved with COIPP! We are making a difference here in Frederick County!

Wonderful Events Happening With COIPP

So many wonderful things are happening with COIPP. If you have noticed, we have a new website! We are excited with how it turned out! We have so many weekly activities that keep us busy.

Wednesday nights at the Detention Center:

Nothing is more humbling that teaching Parenting Class at the Detention Center to women inmates. Though all who voluntarily attend have different backgrounds, experiences and stories, they attend to be the best parent they can be, even if it means parenting from afar.  This has been an ongoing project of our group and continues every week. Thanks to the women who join in with meaningful comments and great insights.

Stacey's Jewelry:

We are so very excited to share that Stacey Krantz, the wonderful owner and assigned of In Bloom jewelry, has so very generously chosen our founder, Shari Ostrow Scher, as her hero for the year and designed a beautiful necklace in honor of this award.  It is a Gingko Leaf, a piece of nature that, in part, stands for resilience.  Stacey is donating all proceeds from necklace sales, minus the cost of materials, to COIPP. These necklaces are simply exquisite!  If you know of someone who has been resilient, even if it is you, get in touch with Stacey at and read about the Heroes fundraiser that she has a started.  Stacey is our hero!

Book Bundles:

We have been very busy ordering Bundles of Books to go to caregivers who complete our workshops that are coming up in the Fall at Head Start and the Housing Authority at Lucas Village.  Thanks to a grant from the United way, and the help of The Curious Iguana Bookstore in downtown Frederick, the books are in and ready to be distributed. They will give each participant a beginning young children's library for the home. We have carefully chosen the titles and think they will be a gift to last a very long time.

Walmart Gift Cards:

We have finally distributed all of our Walmart gift cards to families that need our assistance- and it is time for us to get some more.  These are cards we give when a family with an incarcerated loved one needs school clothing, food, or basic essentials. So glad we could help out many with acute needs. No child should have to go without.