CFA’s Spring 2017 Newsletter

CFA’s Spring 2017 Newsletter

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What do you really believe?

One of the most important aspects of tough times is that they force us to fully confront what we truly believe in; us as a local, statewide, and national community, and each and every one of us
as individuals. In easy times we have the luxury of thinking about and expressing our beliefs as window dressing platitudes, but in hard times we’re forced to “walk the walk” of making hard choices that define our most deeply held values.
Unless you just arrived here from another planet, you’re well aware that Connecticut’s State budget, the source for over half of Child & Family Agency’s funding, continues to face yet another giant
deficit, currently estimated at something like $1.6 billion. This year’s edition of cuts being considered by the State Legislature, currently in session as I write, threatens some of the smartest prevention and early intervention public tax dollars that could ever be spent, including child care subsidies and School-Based Health Centers.  Read more…

CFA Staff Training in Our Community.

The impact of trauma on students’ behaviors and their ability to learn – and the subsequent impact on their teachers – have become serious issues for school systems. In the spring of 2015, Child
and Family Agency had the opportunity to collaborate with New London Public Schools (NLPS) to train school staff on the impact of trauma on NLPS students and their teachers. This issue has become increasingly critical to an understanding of student success, as DCF estimates that 60-80% of Connecticut’s children have been exposed to at least one potentially traumatic event, and there is a growing body of research which clearly demonstrates that trauma can significantly reduce children’s educational performance and potential.  CFA’s clinical directors created a training that included better understanding trauma and its impact on the brain, the ways in which trauma can impact the behavior of students, and strategies to assist school staff in working more effectively with trauma-impacted students. The feedback from these trainings was overwhelmingly positive, and soon CFA was asked to present similar trainings in other school districts.  Read more…

Margaret Howe Kitchings: June 2, 1917 – January 16, 2017

This January, Child & Family Agency said farewell to a longstanding friend and advocate of children and the New London community. Margaret Howe Kitchings passed away at her home
in Waterford, Connecticut, surrounded by family and devoted friends.
Her dedication and commitment to children in southeastern Connecticut, and her long standing volunteer involvement were her trademarks. Mrs. Kitchings was a New London auxiliary
member for over 50 years, helping with the sale and the many various auxiliary events, especially the early Foster Mother teas.  She was the 2003 Child & Family Agency Volunteer of the Year.
Margaret served as President and worked with The New London Day Nursery, where she provided both leadership and delicious Thanksgiving Day dinners for the children and staff. Margaret
was an incredibly generous woman whose care and enduring love for children, especially those at the New London Day Nursery, is one of the foundations of Child & Family Agency.  Read more…

Thank You to Local Businesses!

Caring for children and their family members could not be accomplished without the generous individuals, businesses, and foundations who fund the work we do in the community. Thank you to the following, who have donated since October, 2016.  If you believe that your name has been omitted, please contact 860-443-2896 x1407.  Thank you!

The Women & Girls Fund – The Community Foundation of E CT • Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, Inc. Foundation • Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut • Community Foundation of Middlesex County • A. J. Shea Construction LLC • AT&T Employee Giving Campaign • Bowe Enterprises, LLC • Aetna Foundation • All Pro Tire Inc. • All Saints Episcopal Church •
Ann M and Sultan Ahamed Foundation • Anne Capano Charitable Foundation • AXA Foundation’s Matching Gifts • B and G Realty Co., Inc. • Bank of America Matching Gift Program • Bank of America, Niantic • Bank Square Books • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services • Bessemer Trust • Big Y – Old Saybrook • Bishop Seabury Anglican Church • Bob’s Centerbrook Package
Store • Bogaert Construction Co., Inc. • Byles-MacDougall Funeral Services • Centerbrook Architects & Planners • Charter Oak Federal Credit Union • Coffee’s Country Market • Coldwell Banker • Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares Foundation • Combined Federal Campaign • Connecticut River Museum • Conway, Londregan, Sheehan & Monaco, P.C. Read more…

Why the largest tag sale in New England?

In 1954 a group of women organized Child & Family Agency’s first Annual Sale at the Skipper’s Dock in Noank. The building had been vacant with no heat but a group of volunteers made fast friendships while organizing clothes and kitchenware to raise money for children in need. In the years to follow, the sale would be held in vacant storefronts in New London and Groton, the gyms at St. Bernard’s and Grasso Tech, as well as Mitchell College, Ocean Beach and the New London Armory. While the locations may change, the friendships, fun, and commitment of the auxiliary volunteers have remained constant during the sixty three years of supporting the children served by Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut.  Read more…

Watch a time lapse video of our 62nd Annual Sale here:

Touch A Truck: May 20th 10th Anniversary.

Join the East Lyme Auxiliary of Child and Family Agency and the East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department for the tenth annual Touch A Truck. This family event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at McCook Point Park in Niantic, CT. Fire Engines, Food, Face Painting, and Photos – there is no better way to spend a day with your favorite children! The main event is, of course, Trucks! Children will be able to climb, steer, blow horns, and imagine in an amazing array of vehicles.
In celebration of the tenth anniversary, LifeStar will be making a special appearance. The helicopter will land at 9am, share information for two hours and take off at 11am. Plan to arrive early for this not-to-be-missed opportunity to see LifeStar up close and personal!

Save the Date: Special Events

1. Groton Auxiliary A Time for Wine: June 1
Try all the new wine and beer on the market with this annual Wine Tasting event.  Catered by Grasso Tech’s Culinary Students, this is an event not to be missed at the Shennecossett Yacht Club in Groton.
2. New London/Waterford Auxiliary Card Party: May 24
Join us at the 5th Annual Card Party at the B. P. Learned Mission in New London. Come play Bridge, Mah Jongg, Mexican Train & other games while enjoying lunch with friends & basket drawings.
3. Lyme/Old Lyme Auxiliary Garden Tour: June 16 & 17
Stroll through the gardens in the Old Lyme Village on June 16th and June 17th from 10am – 4pm and get ideas for your own gardens.  There will be guest speakers as well as a Boutique at the Town hall.  Celebrate Spring with this lovely tour!  Purchase tickets here: