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.
The family struggled in Connecticut as mother and father sought new jobs while caring for their struggling children. Difficulties deepened when the family was reported to Department of Children and Families (DCF) after their children were found wandering unsupervised in a parking lot.
DCR referred the Peterson family to Child &Family Agency’s Family Resource Center (FRC) where they got help completing a CFA childcare program application. Their 2 younger children were able to attend a CFA child care preschool facility. CFA childcare’s sliding fee scale allowed the family to give their children safe, high-quality care while they looked for work. FRC staff helped the Petersons replace furniture and clothing lost in their apartment fire. The children’s behavior improved as home became more stable. Mother and father found success securing employment and have decided to remain in Connecticut where they plan to build new lives for their children.
CFA’s Family Resource Centers are community-based programs serving families in their school district areas and offer full-time preschool, school age child care, families in training, adult education, positive youth development, and resource & referral. For more information, click here.
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