Established on a pilot basis, the troop includes 30 mothers from MCIW. In July, the program was honored with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges' annual award for the most unique and innovative project.
"Clearly, I have a great interest in enhanced program opportunities for MCIW women," says Melanie Pereira, who was warden of the facility until last April and is now deputy commissioner of the Maryland Division of Correction.
The daughters, who range in age from five to 17, join their mothers twice monthly for troop meetings at MCIW. During these two-hour sessions, the women spend supervised group and individual time playing with their daughters, working on troop projects and planning for future activities.
They do everything from coordinating transportation, making home visits to those without telephone service and escorting the children to the MCIW meetings to organizing the community troop meetings and working with the mothers."