What If?

Child & Family Agency relies primarily on state grant funding for its children services, funding which is increasingly subject to state budget cuts. We’re raising money to build an endowment to help secure our services for children so we can continue to make a difference.

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“Children don’t know how to ask for what they don’t know they need. Their asking comes in the form of their behavior.” Bonnie Harris, parenting and child behavior specialist

Why it matters…

Children with emotional issues struggle, often silently, with the most basic routines of daily life. When a child does lash out from pent up emotional issues, he or she is actually seeking help.

The Centers for Disease Control reported that 1 in 7 children between the ages of 2 and 8 are diagnosed with a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder. 1 in 5 children between 9 and 17 are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, at higher levels among children in families with income below the federal poverty level. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 12 to 17 year olds. Many of them suffer from an underlying and untreated mental illness.

The Trajectory for children and teens is significantly improved in terms of increased high school graduation rates and reduced substance abuse, arrests, and rates of suicide when they receive proper mental health treatment.

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Nelson Mandela, political leader, Nobel Peace Prize 1993

Caring for children…

Child & Family Agency works to help children realize their potential. Through service, partnership, and advocacy, the mission is to nurture children and their family members to develop their strengths. Last year we helped 18,000 children and their family members in 79 communities in Southeastern CT.

Our staff of 190 and our 21 service centers provide children with timely professional care. Mental health counseling is clinic, school, and home-based. Our 13 school School-Based Health Centers are staffed with Nurse Practitioners and Mental Health Counselors, offering immediate medical assistance and counseling as needed. Two child care centers for children, infants to age 5, provide support for working parents, and our after school and summer program mentors children ages 5 to 14. CFA provides training for clinicians and educators throughout the state, notably trauma-focused training.

Making a difference…

“Thank you for allowing me to cry about my home
life and believing that one day I’ll be able to
experience something greater.” – graduate of the
BP Learned Mission

“I was able to take in what I learned here and use it
in my everyday life.” Child Guidance Clinic client

“If you need somebody to talk to, they always
have people who can help.” – School-Based Health
Center client

We are sharing stories about how we’re working with children and making a difference in their lives. A new story will appear weekly from now until November 30, 2018. Follow these stories by visiting us either on Facebook at www.facebook.com/childandfamilyagency/ or at our website: www.childandfamilyagency.org/stories