Children of Incarcerated Parents Project (Frederick, MD)


  • Name:Ms. Shari Scher
  • Title:President

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Children of Incarcerated Parents Project
  • Address:275 West Patrick Street
    Frederick, MD 21701
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:301 696 6864

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Mobile phone:301 471 1459
  • Home phone:301 473 4103

User Web and Email


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  • Mission:
  • Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership's mission is to provide resources and assistance to children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers living in Frederick County. It was also founded to educate the community about the plight of these families. Members come from a variety of educational, professional and volunteer organizations throughout Frederick County.

  • History:
  • In 2004, a number of people, representing a variety of organizations, met to discuss the needs of this segment of the Frederick Community. We first developed a dvd that includes statistical information about national and local incarceration trends, as well as risk factors for the children directly impacted. Since the development of the DVD, we have also traveled the county and the state, sharing the research and stories of these families through speaking engagements and symposiums.

    We next began distributing hand made cloth baggies for children and caregivers; these include stamps, stationary, blankets, books, journals, pens, crayons, markers, disposable cameras, resource numbers, and more, with the goal of keeping families connected and offering comfort to the children.

    COIPP members toured the local detention center and quickly saw that there was nothing to occupy children as they waited for visitation. After approval from the warden, COIPP created a children's library that includes books for all ages of children and allows children to take a book home to keep. In addition to the library, we created an environment that is warm and inviting for children, including a mural on the wall, desks, chairs and rugs. It is hoped that as families visit loved ones, they will also be inclined to share books and the book reading experience.

    As we researched available information on the topic of incarceration, we realized there was a shortage of books available for children on this topic. We created two booklets that guide children and caregivers through the visitation process. Recently, we partnered with Camp Hope, a summer camp for children of incarcerated parents; we provide a donation and resources for children who attend. Each year we visit and participate in camp activities. We also provide each participating child with a cloth baggie filled with personal hygene products-soap, towel, shampoo, toothbrush, tooth paste, comb, and more. We include only family size products, so that the child may share with family members upon return from camp.

    Another aspect of our work has included bringing caregivers together to talk about challenges and common issues. This led to another event, "A Caregivers Morning Out." Again, by collaborating with others interested in our work, we were able to provide a breakfast, childcare, and a morning of pampering for women who would otherwise never have that opportunity. Additionally, the caregivers were given gifts and blankets for their children.

    This year we have done all of the above, but we have also added our ongoing caregivers sessions. The purpose has been to help women caregivers learn about how they can become independent, financially and emotionally. After a difficult start in gathering the women, we are now working with survivors of trauma, monthly, at a Scholl's Lane facility. These women are young, have been in prison or have a loved one who is or has been in prison, and almost all have children of their own. Our goal is to provide the women with the tools they need in order to become independent heads of households.

    We have been doing some creative collaborations with other non-profit groups. For example, we worked with Cakes For Cause a few months ago by manning a table outside of Moxie's, their non-profit restaurant. For doing such on the day of the Frederick 'In The Street', we were given a share of the day's profits, and we were able to publicize our group. Members of the Maryland State Department of Education came to our county to meet with members of our Board and learn about our work. Soon after they met with staff from all over the state to talk about our work and how counties all over could be doing just such a project. Our work will soon be highlighted at a state wide conference on outreach to underserved populations that is put together by the Maryland State Department of Education. We are a group that continues to grow with ideas and activities.

  • Year established:2004
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:0

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Shari Ostrow Scher
    Emily Daniel
    Shirley White
    Resha Kreischer
    Brenda Harne
    Barb Foster
    Mary Saxon Clipper
    Amy Kennedy
    Loree Frazee

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Shari Ostrow Scher- President

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Shari Ostrow Scher- President
    Emily Daniel- Vice President
    Shirley White-Secretary
    Resha Kreischer- Treasurer


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:27-3552072

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:273552072
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:COIP
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 791
  • Organization City:FREDERICK
  • Organization State:MD
  • Organization Zip:21705-0791
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:April, 2011
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:O50
  • Asset Amount:$24,211
  • Asset Code:2 ($10,000 - $24,999)
  • Income Amount:$19,788
  • Income Code:2 ($10,000 - $24,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$19,788
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 9:41:45 pm

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