CFA Fall 2016 Newsletter

CFA Fall 2016 Newsletter

This is the third edition of our new one page “Update” to be published three times a year –winter, spring and fall.  We are also sending the “Update” via email to those whose email address we have on file. The printed and email “Update” contain article excerpts. Full articles and other news can be found on our new and tablet friendly website: . The “Update” email has direct links to the full articles on our website. If you would like to receive the “Update” via email:

State Budget: If You Ain’t Got That Do-Rei-Mi

Why is it that the CEO of Child & Family Agency has been infusing his end-of-summer days re-reading John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath and listening to Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads?
While Connecticut has not become a literal agricultural drought-ridden dust bowl, and while we as a state are making progress with some issues (homelessness, for example), an increasing number of children and families are feeling the impact of cuts to core safety net services, and the forecast is for these supports to continue to be stripped away and blown to the wind as harshly as if this were Oklahoma in the 1930’s.
So what do we do?  The Child & Family Agency answer is consistently simple and deeply held to the bone: we never give up.  Our staff, our board and our auxiliary volunteers are more “all in” as partners than ever.  More….

CLAS: CFA completes first phase of Connecticut Network of Care Transformation’s Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Project

In late 2015, Child and Family Agency was invited to participate in a project to address the negative impact of health disparities on the families we serve.  The CONNECT (Connecticut Network of Care Transformation) with CLAS project provided support and consultation funded by the System of Care Expansion Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to eliminate disparities in children’s behavior health.
For the past nine months, employees and board members have worked together to understand the issue of health disparity and how it impacts the families of New London and Middlesex counties.  The team analyzed agency data, reviewed research, held a focus group and conducted community surveys.  Through our work, we learned that families feel respected and satisfied with the services they receive at CFA but that our staff does not match the diversity of our communities.  While our early childhood and school based programs serve the entire community, our clinical programs may not be engaging the full range of families in need.    More……

A young Mother tells how Child FIRST in home counseling helped her 18 month old son in a short film at:

Why Our Annual Appeal?

Stability, flexibility and ability are the key words!  Our annual appeal is one way you support the programs we provide to the children.  We receive state, federal, and United Way funds that specify what we use the money for and how long the services can be for the child and his or her family.  Your help allows us do what we do best – help the children. We view you as our partners in building a strong community.
The money you raise from our Annual Appeal, our auxiliary events and private family foundation grants, is unrestricted.  These funds provides us the flexibility and ability to extend counseling to a family for a few more sessions than a state grant provides to ensure that the family is stable, to continue childcare in situations where the parents lose their jobs and don’t qualify for assistance, and to let us go that extra mile to stabilize and enhance a child’s life to the best of our ability in a variety of life situations that aren’t always covered in state and federal grants. More…

Warm the Children: providing new winter clothing and footwear for families in need

The Essex River Valley Auxiliary and Child & Family Agency has joined forces with Warm the Children, a program of providing new winter clothing and footwear for our area’s local children and families in need in Old Lyme, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Essex, Centerbrook, Deep River, Chester, Westbrook, Clinton and Killingworth.
Started 24 years ago by Mack W. Stewart, a retired newspaper publisher/editor, Warm The Children has served more than 6,000 valley and shore area needy children ages infant through high school with over $500,000 in new winter clothing and footwear. This program complements the Agency’s mission of promoting the well-being and development of all children and their families, in particular to give priority to the unmet needs of children lacking physical, emotional and intellectual care and nurturing.  More….

Holiday Shopping on AmazonSmile:

Child & Family Agency is a participating charitable organization on AmazonSmile!  AmazonSmile is an automatic way for you to support your favorite charity every time you shop, at no extra cost! The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Visit our website to learn how it works.  More…. 

Save the Date: Special Events

  1. All Auxiliary A Cappella Concert: Friday, Nov 4th
    The Tufts University Beelzebubs, the CT College ConnChords & The Williams Street Mix, Ledyard High School & our B.P. Learned students sing a cappella! St. James Episcopal Church, NL 7:00 p.m  Purchase tickets here
  2. 44th Annual Meeting: Tuesday, Nov 15th
    Join us at B.P. Learned Mission to celebrate staff and volunteers. Dr. Manuel J. Rivera, Superintendent of New London Public Schools will be the speaker. 9:30 AM  RSVP here
  3. Children’s Book Sale: Thursday, Dec 1st
    The East Lyme Auxiliary is hosting a children’s book sale with fun and educational books for sale for your children, grandchildren and our own CFA students.  Join us at the East Lyme Community Center to browse, mingle and munch!  Buy a book, help a child!