Thanks to your generosity, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland was able to purchase a new 15-passenger van by Christmas Day, 2015. The van has already made several voyages to the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women with many, many grateful daughters on board.
We hope you will watch for our new postings on this site, to see all the great work that has been made possible with your help.
Despite the explosive growth in the number of mothers who are in prison – Girl Scouts of Central Maryland is one of a handful of programs designed to support incarcerated mothers and their children.
The goals for the moms and daughters we serve are:
strengthen the bond between mother and child;
minimize the trauma and feeling of separation that children face when their mother is in prison;
assure that the parent-child interactions are as beneficial as possible for the child;
help prepare the mother to interact positively with her daughter.
Scholarly literature suggests that children need the ability to visit their incarcerated mothers in a safe, non-hostile environment. The gymnasium area at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women provides space to GSCM that allows for play, troop meetings, and close interaction between mothers and daughters. Providing mothers with an opportunity to play an active role in the decisions that affect their daughter is also an important goal of the program.
With your support of a new transport van, all of these goals are within reach!
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