CFA Spring Newsletter 2016

CFA Spring Newsletter 2016

This is the second edition of our new one page “Update.” 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.
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10% of S.E. CT families live in poverty: it’s easy to make a difference, here are two ways how.

Arlo Guthrie once said: When times are good, it’s hard to make a big difference, but when times are hard, it’s really easy. When the world is a mess, the smallest positive action can be more powerful than we might ever predict or dare hope for.
It is simply and sadly true that the number of hard working poor in our communities is growing. Nearly 10% of our Southeastern Connecticut families are living in poverty according to federal definitions. Through a couple of simple acts you can make a big difference in the lives of our client families and our “all in” dedicated staff who serve them: make a donation to support CFA services at and ask your local legislator to fund social service programs for CT families in need at https://www. For information on how to do this email us at: More….

Children living in poverty and insecure environments experience toxic stress: CFA’s Child FIRST program helps these children.

Child FIRST (Child and Family Interagency Resource, Support, and Training) is a home-based early childhood intervention model that works with the most vulnerable young children and families in Connecticut to decrease serious emotional disturbance, develop-mental and learning problems, and abuse and neglect.
Children that live in environments with extreme poverty, maternal depression, domestic violence, substance abuse, and homelessness experience “toxic stress” that poisons the young, developing brain. Disruption of brain architecture during this critical period leads to major problems in mental and physical health.
Our clinicians have intensive outreach to engage hard-to reach families, while also providing a comprehensive assessment of the child and all members of the family. We partner with the family to develop a well-coordinated, comprehensive family-driven plan of supports and services for all family members. We provide home-based parent guidance and psychotherapeutic intervention by a team of a Master’s level mental health clinician and care coordinator. Learn more about Child FIRST on our website.    More……

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

64% of the 157 children in our Childcare program live in poverty: here’s what we provide them…

Children in our two Childcare Centers, New London and Groton, are immediately enrolled in our Agency’s School Based Health Centers upon their start, our Family Resource Center employees work with our children and families in their homes to provide extra support as needed, onsite access to agency nurse and social service consultants, as well as the ability to receive counseling services through our Child Guidance Clinics. We provide developmentally appropriate curriculum experiences and opportunities for young children that support the social, emotional, and physical well-being of all children.
Our Childcare Centers are NAEYC and state accredited programs and strive to ensure each child benefit from a positive experience.  More…

62nd Annual Sale: May 5, 6, & 7

Child & Family Agency’s six Auxiliaries are preparing for their 62nd Annual Sale. The Sale begins Thursday, May 5th at 9:00 a.m. and runs through Saturday, May 7th at the New London Armory,
249 Bayonet Street in New London, CT. The CFA Annual Sale is the largest and longest running tag sale of its kind in New England.
In 1954 a group of women organized Child & Family Agency’s first Annual Sale at the Skipper’s Dock in Noank. This group of volunteers made fast friendships while organizing clothes and kitchenware to raise money for children in need.
The Annual Sale supports the many CFA programs and services.  More….

Support CFA’s programs every time you order on AmazonSmile:

Child & Family Agency is now 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. Touch A Truck: May 21
An East Lyme Auxiliary event, Touch-A-Truck is an experience for the entire family –crafts, games, food and trucks galor, at McCook Point Park, Niantic, CT from 9am till 2pm, rain date Sunday.
2. Card Party: June 11
New London Auxiliary Annual Card Party at the Waterford Community Center, 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Play Bridge, Mah Jongg, Mexican
Train & other games and enjoy lunch with friends & basket drawings.
3. Kitchen & Garden Lunch: June 17
A Lyme/Old Lyme Auxiliary Event, Ellen Ecker Ogden, author of “The Complete Kitchen Garden” is presenting her steps for success-ful garden design & the art of growing food at the Old Lyme Country Club. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets here.