Stories

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Starting May 1st, we will be sharing one story weekly. Stories will be posted on this page and on Facebook. We feel stories are a good way for you to understand all the ways we are working with children and their families.

A young girl finds the support to heal emotional trauma at her school-based health center

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As a new nurse practitioner with a choice of career paths, I decided on a School-Based Health Center (SBHC), because it allows me to have real impact on the health and lives of medically under-served children.

School-based health centers are at the crossroads of health and education. Their services provide a comprehensive safety net for the children and families who use them. Centers address the whole child by providing medical and mental health services that many underserved children need in order to become successful students and citizens.

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A Fire Forces a Family to Relocate and with Help, They Rebuild Their Lives

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The Peterson family shared a cramped apartment in New York City –mother, father, grandfather, and 3 small children crowded in a very small space.  Grandfather provided daytime care for the 2 youngest children while mother and father worked part-time, minimum wage jobs. Life was hard, but the Petersons prevailed until the day when faulty wiring caused an apartment fire. No one was hurt, but the Petersons lost everything to smoke and water damage. Uninsured and without savings, they moved in with a cousin in Connecticut to rebuild their lives while grandfather moved to Florida to the home of another adult child.

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June 5th- After a Childhood of Struggles, A Boy Finds Help and Hope

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17-year-old Jose grew up moving back and forth between the homes of his mother and his maternal grandmother. His mother struggled with an addiction to prescription medications for pain, which hindered her ability to take care of him. Unable to help her daughter overcome addiction, Jose’s grandmother focused on her grandson, trying to care for him and help him succeed in school.

Jose was a challenge. By the time he entered adolescence, he was fighting at school and smashing things at home. When he was 15, his mother died of an overdose. Jose’s grandmother struggled to care for him and often was overwhelmed by her grandson’s moodiness and truancy from school.

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May 29th- Life Changing Help for a Young Mother and Her Children

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My name is Joan and Child & Family Agency (CFA) has had a huge impact on me. I’m a mother, sister, aunt, and grandmother.  I have a huge family and we’ve used CFA in a number of ways – the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) in Groton, the BP Learned Mission in New London, the Child Guidance Clinics (CGC), and School-Based Health Centers.  I really love how CFA supports the entire family.

 

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May 22nd- Mother Reunited With Son

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Anna struggled with substance abuse. Reports of struggles with drugs and alcohol and the negative effects they were having on her son were received by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). When she arrived at her son’s school intoxicated, the Department of Children and Families removed her son and referred Anna to Child & Family Agency’s Intensive Family Preservation (IFP) program

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May 15th- Health Care for a Child from Columbia

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Young Cecelia arrived from Columbia in 2017 with multiple health concerns that included a broken tooth, head lice, and an ongoing ear infection. She had no health insurance and no primary care doctor. Fortunately, her elementary school had a Child & Family Agency School-Based Health Center (SBHC). Upon entering school Cecelia received her first ever physical there, and her health issues were addressed at minimal charge, including a $200 medication for her severe ear infection. The physical revealed that Cecilia had been exposed to TB, so a referral was placed to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital’s Infectious Disease Clinic for immediate follow-up.

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May 8th 2018- A New Start

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When Wanda was 22 and her daughter, Nevaeh, was 4 months old, Nevaeh was removed from Wanda’s care because she had been injured in an incident of domestic violence between her parents.  Centered on the goal of safely returning Nevaeh home to her mother, Wanda was referred to Child and Family Agency’s Reunification services.

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May 1, 2018- What if CFA Didn’t Exist?

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By the time Gabby was six years old she’d lived in seven foster homes.  She’d been abused physically and emotionally – first by her biological parents and later by her foster parents.  She was labeled as “aggressive” and “impulsive” and as a child who “can’t get along with others”.

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