After more than a decade of hosting parenting classes and support groups for jailed women, a longtime Frederick volunteer organization is offering a similar program for men.
Volunteers with the Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership, or COIPP, held their first “Parenting From Afar” class for men on Monday. The initial session, taught by cousins Brandon Chapman and Andrew Murphy, marked the first time the 13-year-old program has been offered to men.
“It was a powerful first session,” Chapman said. “Every man in the class has so much pride in being a father, and they want to be the best father that they can be.”
COIPP was founded in 2005 by Shari Ostrow Scher with the mission of assisting the families of people awaiting trial or serving sentences in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. Since then, hundreds of women have participated in their weekly “Parenting from Afar” classes, Scher said.
In 2016, COIPP partnered with the Mental Health Association of Frederick County to form the Families Impacted…
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