Family Centered Services of CT
235 Nicoll Street
rear entrance
New Haven CT 06511
Contact Information
Address 235 Nicoll Street
rear entrance
New Haven, CT 06511-
Telephone (203) 624-2600 x
Fax 203-562-6232
E-mail info@familyct.org
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Mission

Our mission is to work with families to ensure that they are safe and nurturing places where children can succeed. Our vision is a world of healthy families, where children grow up to be confident and caring adults and contributing members of their community. 

 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1978
Former Names
Coordinating Committee for Children In Crisis, Inc.
Coordinating Council For Children In Crisis, Inc.
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Cheryl Burack MS
Board Chair Pamela Matocha
Board Chair Company Affiliation T.M. Byxbee Company
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $3,719,925.00
Projected Expenses $3,719,925.00
Statements
Mission

Our mission is to work with families to ensure that they are safe and nurturing places where children can succeed. Our vision is a world of healthy families, where children grow up to be confident and caring adults and contributing members of their community. 

 
Background In 1976, Family CT Founder Jean Adnopoz in New Haven and representatives of three other CT towns were asked to develop a community response plan to deal with child abuse. The first child abuse legislation had been passed in 1967 so these ideas “were percolating”, according to Adnopoz, and there was a great deal of interest in creating a systemic approach to child abuse and neglect. Adnopoz led a group of hospital volunteers in considering how to best support children in their own homes while developing a collaborative system of care. Their efforts led, in 1977, to the creation of a new nonprofit community agency known at that time as the Coordinating Committee for Children In Crisis. This new agency emphasized coordination rather than competition as Adnopoz explained, “There was a perceived need to integrate the public and private sectors’ interest in child abuse and neglect…Services in the New Haven area, as throughout most of the country, were fragmented on behalf of this newly identified population of abused and neglected children.”

In the spring of 1977, Coordinating Council For Children In Crisis, Inc. (now named Family Centered Services of CT since Nov. 2012) was established with a grass-roots commitment to strengthening and supporting vulnerable children and troubled families and reducing the need for the out-of-home placement of children.

Family CT strives to meet the needs of its children, youth and families through its comprehensive and holistic child abuse prevention, youth empowerment and family support services that include: home visiting, parenting education, individual and group counseling, substance abuse treatment, parent-child psychotherapy, youth leadership development, education and advocacy. Family CT also provides transportation to its services, as well as food, clothing and diapers to families as needed. Services are free and bilingual. Most are home-based.
 
Since its inception, Family CT has continued to explore the services that are needed in the community and does not limit itself to those programs that are popularly funded. As Adnopoz explained many years ago: “This agency was designed to respond to the needs of the community, and to facilitate movement between sectors that were historically separate…We created programs that did not exist in any other setting, and we took a territory that nobody wanted at the time and we were providing a service which was going to be useful to others…We stepped into a void, and that’s why we were successful.”
 
A great deal has been learned about the factors that contribute to child abuse and neglect. Family CT remains committed to developing programs and services that mitigate risk and increase the protective factors to end child abuse in our community.

 

 

Impact
We started two new programs this past year, funded by the CT Department of Children and Families.

Family-Based Recovery

A new intensive in-home service developed by the Yale Child Study Center, Johns Hopkins University and the CT Department of Children and Families for families with infants or toddlers who are at risk for abuse and/or neglect, poor developmental outcomes and removal due to parental substance abuse. FBR works to promote stability, safety and permanence for families through intensive psychotherapy, substance abuse treatment and attachment-based parent-child therapy.

 
The Caregiver Support Team (CST) also joined our continuum of services. Also an intensive, home-based program, CST provides family and child focused services primarily for relatives fostering children (kinship care). The goal is to promote safety and stability for children. 
 

This past year, Staff and Board members worked to complete a three year written Strategic Plan centered around the following goals:

1. Increase internal capacity to provide trauma informed, gender responsive and gender-specific programming.
2. Strengthen the organization's infrastructure to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
3. Adopt a technologically appropriate and accessible solution for data collection, management and analyses.
4. Maintain a rolling Strategic Plan.
5. Increase and diversify revenues.
6. Preserve the healthy functioning of Family Centered Services of CT.  
 
Also this past year, we collected our first full year of data using a Results-Based Accountability Framework. We are now in the process of fine-tuning our projected outcomes for the current year to gain the most accurate information about our effectiveness.  
 
We are proud of our accomplishments this past year and proud, also, that we are an organization that embraces change, even after 37 years of operation! 
 
Needs
1. Our care coordination program, known as the South Central Medical Home Initiative, is underfunded by $16,000. We provide coordinated, culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate care coordination services in support of community-based pediatric practice settings for the most medically and behaviorally complex children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN);  
2. We need a part-time (21 hours/week) Development Officer and are seeking a seasoned professional experienced in all aspects of development. Resumes to cburack@familyct.org.
3. Our Board of Directors will accept applications and is especially interested in candidates with a sales, marketing or development background.
4. Volunteers to work on a silent auction, to take place at a fundraising event scheduled for May 7, 2015, are appreciated. info@familyct.org
 
CEO Statement

Family CT (formerly Coordinating Council For Children In Crisis, Inc.) has been a leader in the development and implementation of child abuse prevention and treatment services since its inception in 1977. Its founder recognized early on that services should be accessible and coordinated and this is now the ‘gold standard’ in the field. Through our free and home-based programs, we reach families who would not otherwise receive services. We are able to observe first-hand the conditions in the home and the interaction between parents, children and other family members. In engaging families early and often, we can promote secure parent-child attachment and help ensure that young children feel safe and nurtured in their homes, with the physical, emotional and developmental skills that will result in success in later life.

Family CT was the first organization in Connecticut to develop domestic violence services in the context of child abuse prevention, the first to develop and implement services for parents with a psychiatric disability and the first to use science-based curriculum in the prevention of teenage pregnancy. This year, we will continue to implement the Circle of Security, an innovative intervention to help parents improve their caregiving capacity. These are just a few of the reasons that make me so proud to represent Family CT.
 
We all want to help children mature into healthy, happy and productive citizens. I sincerely believe that our work to prevent child abuse and neglect and improve health and developmental outcomes will help to achieve this.
Board Chair Statement
I have been on the Board of Directors of Family CT for 5 years and the Board Chairman for the past year.  As a board member and, now, chairman, it is important to perceive and support the agency’s challenges. It is also critical that, as a group, the Board of Directors identifies with and promotes the mission of the agency. Our current Board has the diversity, personal expertise and enthusiasm to support the agency’s goals. It is very much a privilege to work with a group of professionals at this agency that always perceives the children/family as the purpose. 
 
Our Board has worked very hard over the past few years in becoming more effective, efficient and responsive to the needs of Family CT.  Through regular staff presentations, professional fiscal reviews and executive director updates, every member has sufficient knowledge of the workings of Family CT and its current and future challenges.  We support the executive director and staff leadership's suggestions and provide guidance to ensure efforts are accomplished.  We have maintained 100% annual board giving for over 5 years and also lend support to the multiple awareness and fundraising events over the year.  We are particularly excited to be a part of the agency's strategic planning process. The goal is to develop a three-year plan that will provide direction to our programs and help us better understand how to manage future challenges.
 
Thank you for believing in our efforts and helping our children and families.
 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Secondary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Counseling
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Areas Served
Branford
Cheshire
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Ansonia
Bethany
Derby
Madison
Most Family CT programs serve children, youth and families from twenty towns in the Greater New Haven community, including Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymore, Shelton, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge.  Our Teen Outreach Program serves students at select schools in New Haven, West Haven and Bridgeport. The South Central Medical Home Initiative for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs serves families in South Central CT.
Programs
Description
The Nurturing Families Network provides direct services to first-time parents at risk of child abuse or neglect and their children. It  is a primary prevention initiative based on a state-wide proven model. The program aims to improve health and developmental outcomes for children and prevent child abuse and neglect by teaching parents how to meet the needs of their infants and toddlers and promote their healthy development.

The program has two main components.
  • Nurturing Family Home Visiting Services: Parents are provided weekly intensive parenting education, developmental screening and support services in their homes for children prenatally-five years old
  • The DAD Connection: These weekly nurturing parent groups bring  fathers together in a supportive environment to promote positive parenting and parent-child relationships and reduce isolation.
Population Served Families / Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. The following outcomes will be accomplished after one year participation in the program: 93% of infants/children will have primary care physicians and maintain regularly scheduled appointments for well visits; 93% of children will have a dental home by age two; 100% of children will undergo social-emotional and developmental screening at regular intervals and each child identified as having a potential health or developmental problem will be referred for early intervention services; At least 80% of parents will increase their knowledge of the important developmental milestones their children must meet to come to school success-ready; At least 80% of fathers will participate in some aspect of program activity; 75% of mothers will attend high school, obtain a GED or secure employment.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
All babies and young children will be healthy, safe and nurtured.
 
All at-risk first-time parents will have the knowledge and skills to care for their babies and young children. 
 
Research conducted by The University of Hartford’s Center for Social Research has shown that the program is successful in not only identifying, engaging and assisting parents at-risk of harming their children, but also reducing the incidences of child abuse and neglect. Parents have been shown to become more responsive to their children’s needs and gain the skills and knowledge to best care for their children in a developmentally appropriate manner. Research has also shown that families who participate make significant gains in education, employment and self-sufficiency.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. The program is evaluated by The University of Hartford’s Center for Social Research. Through Family CT’s collection of data, information is disseminated to the University on a quarterly basis to conduct a outcome-based evaluation that examines: enrollment, engagement and retention rates; progress of families on instruments such as the Child Abuse Potential Inventory; rates of child abuse and neglect; and changes in family circumstance including completion of high school, degree of social isolation, and financial difficulties.  
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Teen parents are always involved in our Program; 49.6% of all families over the last 3 years have been teens. We continue to find that these young parents need and WANT our support to learn positive parenting and help to stay in school.  Here is one example.

Sandra was pregnant at 15 years old. She was on probation for violent behavior and wore a police monitoring bracelet. She rarely attended school and lived with her severely disabled mother. Sandra had never had a positive role model or any healthy support system.

Sandra was referred to our Program through her healthcare provider.When she began services, she had already dropped-out of school and was uncertain about her future. 

Nearly every week for the past 2 ½ years,  Home Visitor Christine meets with Sandra and her baby Faye, now a toddler, to provide parenting education, advocacy and support on many life issues. Christine helped Sandra learn how to parent, from changing diapers and feeding schedules to healthy discipline techniques. Through continued education and support, Sandra’s confidence in herself as a mom and role model increased dramatically. Faye is developmentally on track, has a wonderful sense of humor and loves playing with her mom.

Throughout her home visits, Christine strongly encouraged Sandra to complete high school and never let her give-up even when single parenting, family or housing issues became overwhelming. Sandra enrolled in a GED program and quickly became committed to graduating and finding a way to support herself and her child. She graduated with exceptional grades and now is enrolled in a cosmetology school with the goal of become a hair stylist. Christine says that “Sandra always had the intelligence to academically succeed, she just needed the positive influence and a push in the right direction to reach her potential and goals.”

Description
The South Central Medical Home Initiative (Care Coordination Program) links children and youth with chronic illnesses to services and resources to help them achieve optimal health. A Care Coordinator works with the family, primary medical practice, specialists, school and community supports to link children and families to needed services, coordinate care and improve health, developmental, educational, vocational and psychosocial outcomes for children and youth.  The Care Coordinator also provides family education and counseling to children and families to help them understand and cope with their medical condition.  Care coordination in collaboration with a pediatric medical home reduces hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and school absences while increasing patient, family and provider satisfaction.
 
This program is the only one of its kind in the south central region of CT.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / At-Risk Populations / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. The following will be achieved over one year participation in the Care Coordination Program:
  • 100% of children with special health care needs will have a primary care physician in a medical home
  • 100% of children will have developed an emergency plan
  • 100% of parents will understand child’s diagnosis and required interventions
  • At least 85% of families will be satisfied with program services and delivery
  • 75% of families will report increased communication between patient/family and physician.
  • Over 1 year, CCCC will have expanded the medical home model into at least two more pediatric primary care practices.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

The program aims to achieve the following long-term outcomes:

  • 100% of children with special health care needs will have a primary care physician in a medical home
  • All families of children with special health care needs will partner in decision making at all levels, and will be satisfied with the services they receive.
  • All children with special health care needs will receive coordinated ongoing comprehensive care within a medical home.
  • All youth with special health care needs will receive the services necessary to make transitions to all aspects of adult life, including adult health care, work, and independence.
  • Children and youth with special health care needs will experience decreased emergency room visits and hospitalizations of children
  • The Care Coordination Program’s medical home model will be adopted by all primary care pediatric physicians in CT.

 

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. To evaluate the program, CCCC conducts treatment plan reviews a minimum of every three months to ensure that identified medical and non-medical goals are being met, that a plan is developed to address newly emerging needs and that providers are aware of the family’s current needs and have all needed updated information. Family satisfaction will be measured through written surveys. CCCC completes quarterly reports that document such areas as number and demographics of participants served, individual knowledge of medical home concept, child, family and medical home activities, activities with other community partnerships and CCCC staff educational presentations and trainings.   Reports are reviewed by the program director and CCCC Executive Director as required. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Since 2007, over 1,500 children with special health needs have enrolled in medical homes and are receiving coordinated, quality treatment.   Client example:

For the first time in his life, Jon has a loving, stable home. Jon is a beautiful 13 year old boy living with autism and Sickle Cell Disease.

When Jon moved to New Haven from Costa Rica, he did not speak and was afraid of everyone including his caretaker Sara. His skin was severely irritated, hygiene poor, and he could not manage to care for his basic needs. He did not have any medical or educational records.  Sara called 211 Infoline and was referred to the Program.

For over six months, Care Coordinator Diane worked tirelessly to obtain Jon’s records from Costa Rica, enroll him with medical providers, advocate for his special needs in his new school and provide weekly therapeutic counseling.

Jon is now thriving and can experience a happy childhood with all of the opportunities to grow into a productive, healthy adult.

Description The Teen Outreach Program is an in-school positive youth leadership, service learning and education initiative aimed at preventing risk factors that contribute to school drop-out, academic failure, teen pregnancy and other negative behaviors. Through weekly classroom discussion and structured community service learning activities (minimum of 20 hours per student), young people explore their values and their relationships with parents, peers and community, and develop life skills such as communication, decision-making and goal setting. Daily lessons are connected to core academic subjects and lesson plans. Creative and interactive activities in class promote student participation, build confidence and help students understand how to use what they have learned in their daily lives.   The program empowers students to become help-givers through meaningful community service, improve grades and engage in their communities.  
Population Served At-Risk Populations / Minorities / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. The program’s top three expected outcomes over one year include:

1.         100% of students will have increased knowledge and will have developed skills to help them achieve educational and personal success.

2.         100% of students will be empowered to become “help givers,” develop positive and supportive relationships with adults and other peers, thereby promoting a sense of purpose and healthy behavior and decision-making.

3.         100% of students will have increased knowledge and understanding about pregnancy prevention.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
1. Youth will successfully graduate high school and have the knowledge, motivation, confidence and skills to pursue higher education or meaningful employment. 
2. Students will have avoided early or unplanned pregnancies. 
3. Students will be engaged in service learning activities as part of their daily life schedules.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. TOP administers pre and post tests to evaluate its effectiveness and measure student progress. Specific items measured include academic performance, risk indicators, sexual activity, student demographics and program satisfaction. These tests are sent to a state funded data analyst who provides a professional evaluation report at the end of the calendar year. The program director also measures the progress of students through attendance reports and class participation, active engagement in their community service projects, and demonstrated knowledge of materials by the end of the academic year. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
For the past two years, evaluation results have shown student improvements in core academic subjects, program satisfaction rates scored 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, and student knowledge about developmental and human sexuality issues increased.  
 
TOP is an evidence-based program model that has been proven through rigorous evaluation to be highly effective in preventing problem behaviors by helping teens develop a positive self-image, effective life management skills and achievable goals. It is based on research and knowledge about adolescent brain development, the developmental, social and educational needs of young people ages preteen to early adulthood, and the principles of positive youth development. TOP has been part of a national evaluation with demonstrated results of 60% lower rate of school dropout, 33% lower rate of pregnancy and 14% lower rate of school suspension.
Description
Recognizing the overlap between domestic violence and child abuse, the Integrated Family Violence Services program works to engage and intervene with the family where domestic violence has been identified. Home-based services include safety planning for survivor and children; trauma-focused work with children and repair and restoration of relationships between parents and children including improved communication, healing and positive parenting. The impact of the family violence, experiences of the children, the impact on relationships, roles children have taken on and coping patterns are explored. Survivors are helped to identify the batterer's pattern of coercive control, its impact on the children and its effect on their parenting.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Families / Females
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Within one month, 100% of families will be assessed for history of violence, pattern of coercive control, coping and protection strengths and strategies, the risk for recurrence of violence, the impact of family violence on the survivor and children, services and treatment needs; Within three months children will experience a safer and more protective cargiving environment. 100% (age appropriate) children will begin to talk about what they have seen and heard and have a safe forum to express their range of feelings; 100% of children and survivors have a safety plan; 100% of survivors will experience support and recognition for their efforts to promote safety.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
As a result of home-based integrated family violence services, long-term success will be defined by 0 additional substantiated reports of maltreatment and 0 child removals from the home due to abuse or neglect.
 
Children will be safe, healthy and nurtured.
 
Mothers will be safe, with the knowledge and skills to care for their children and ensure healthy development.
 
Community service providers will routinely coordinate service provision.
 
System competencies based on best practices needed to intervene with the entire family will be identified and in place.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Within one month, written comprehensive clinical assessment including history of trauma exposure to children and survivor 2.Within one month, documented safety plans for children and survivor 3. Within three months, written report that documents observation of the style and quality of the attachment and interaction between survivor and children, the rebuilding of trust and family stability and a consistent family routine and the provision of or referral to trauma focused treatment.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
They met during her vacation to the United States. Not long after, she and her teenage daughter moved from her home, friends and family to marry him.  Martin's control, jealousy and abuse started a few years into their marriage. He first began accusing her of affairs with other men.   These accusations gradually increased to daily verbal attacks, leading to physical abuse. Martin began controlling life. Kara did not have access to money and lost touch with friends; she was completely isolated. Kara’s daughter Sienna was traumatized by seeing her mother lose control over her life and would make every effort to stay away from her house and be with friends.
 
After a violent, public argument, Martin was arrested. Their case was filed with the Department of Children and Families and Kara was referred to CCCC for help. She welcomed this help with open arms. Through weekly, in-home counseling, safety planning and education from CCCC worker Pam, Kara gained strength. Pam helped Kara work through her depression and low self esteem and educated Kara about domestic violence. Through counseling sessions with her daughter, Kara realized for the first time the trauma that Sienna endured. They began repairing their relationship.  After months of support services from CCCC, Kara removed herself and her daughter from their home and filed for a divorce. Kara remains in a safe home with her daughter and has no communication with Martin. She is employed and thrilled to live her life as an independent woman.
Description
The Parenting Support and Parental Rights Initiative helps parents (mostly mothers) with chronic mental health disabilities understand and manage their psychiatric symptoms while improving their ability to meet the needs of their young children. Children are helped to understand their parent's illness share feelings and develop coping strategies. All family members are helped to make a respite plan if needed. The program is the only one of its kind in CT. Through free, home-based intervention, advocacy and support services, the program aims to help parents understand the effect of chronic illness on family life, preserve safe families and meet the needs of young children.  It de-stigmatizes mental illness and makes it safe for parents to acknowledge their challenges and accept help.  
 
Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Within 12 months of program participation, 100% of parents will be knowledgeable about their parental rights and about their illness; 75% will be actively committed to managing their symptoms on a consistent basis with medical professional help. One hundred percent of parents will have formal or informal temporary guardianship plans so that children will be best cared for if parent decompensates. All parents will have begun creating healthy relationships with other parents in similar circumstances thereby expanding their network of support. They will know how to access community resources, accept help and cope with stress to avoid unhealthy behaviors. One hundred percent of children will be assessed for special needs and will receive appropriate support. The great majority of families will maintain unity and parents will avoid losing custody of their children.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
All parents will consistently manage their mental health illness.  All children will remain in custody of their parents and the zero reports of child abuse and neglect will be made.  All children experiencing mental health symptoms will receive therapeutic and/or medical support services to help them manage their own illness as well as to help them cope with the trauma of living with parents with psychiatric disabilities.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Demographic data and dates of program enrollment on each program participant is collected monthly.  Individual treatment plans are reviewed monthly and progress is tracked.  A client satisfaction survey is administered after 12 months in program to assess services and collect feedback from participants. The program also is evaluated annually by the Community Services Network of Greater New Haven. The aforementioned data is provided to assist in their review process as well as periodic site visits.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.  1.Over the past three years, over 115 children and 50 women with psychiatric disabilities received essential help and support from the program. Most of these women were not receiving services elsewhere and were in great jeopardy of losing their children to the Dept. of Children and Families. Because of the program, 92% maintained family unity and are following individualized treatment plans to manage illnesses while providing quality care to their children.

2. One hundred percent of families served have temporary guardianship plans. These plans are essential for this population of families to ensure that children are best cared for and not immediately placed in foster care if a parent relapses/decompensates. 

3. One hundred percent of participants have reported improvements in illness management, coping with crisis, family relationships and communication, and ability to effectively parent.

4. A new and innovative group parent education replicable model was developed and tested in the Parenting Support and Parental Rights Initiative (PSPRI). The group of eight women received peer support, therapeutic assistance and psychoeducation. The group will continue to enhance program offerings.

Program Comments
CEO Comments
Clearly, financial challenges and unfunded mandates challenge our ability to meet growing community need. However, Family CT has always found a way not only to survive as an organization but to innovate. We remain committed to helping the community's neediest and underservered populations and will always provide free and bilingual services. We look forward to using what we are learning about early brain development, parent-child attachment and trauma to develop new and effective program services.
CEO/Executive Director
Cheryl Burack MS
Term Start Aug 1987
Email cburack@familyct.org
Experience

Cheryl Burack has led Family CT as Executive Director since 1987. She is responsible for the overall administration of the child abuse prevention agency and $4 million annual budget including program development and implementation; budget development; grant writing and report writing; staff training and supervision; outreach and community education; represent agency to professional, community and corporate groups; consult to the Board of Directors and serve on all Board committees. Noted accomplishments:

-Ongoing work with Board of Directors and Staff to develop and implement Strategic Plans and Fund Development Plan

·Broadened mission and diversified funding sources

·Successful grantwriting and program development resulting in new and innovative services for children, adolescents and families

·Initiated agency-based Multicultural Committee and developed first written Multicultural Plan

In January 2013, Cheryl Burack was honored with the prestigious Liberty Bell Award, presented by The Foundation of the New Haven County Bar.  Prior to coming to Family CT, Ms. Burack served as the Program Director for the Youth and Family Emergency Services Program at the Waterbury, CT Youth Service System and was also a Foster Parent Trainer at Housatonic Community College.

Ms. Burack earned a Master’s of Science degree in Counseling from Southern CT State University.

 
Publications

Connecticut Victim Services Academy Training Manual, Chapter 6: Child Abuse. Office for Victims of Crime, 2001.

Contribution to Parental Psychiatric Disorder: Distressed Parents and Their Families. Michael Gopfert et. al. (ed) Cambridge University Press, 2004

Memberships:
 
Steering Committee, CT Early Childhood Alliance
CT Medical Home Advisory Council
Zero-Three Steering Committee

 

 

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 46
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 13
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 66%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 12
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 7
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 7 vacancies
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 41
Unspecified 7
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Ms. Jean Adnopoz Mar 1977 - June 1985
Ms. Lynn Andrews July 1985 - July 1987
Senior Staff
Title Assistant Director
Experience/Biography
Jacquelyn Farrell is a licensed clinical social worker and former adjunct faculty at Southern CT State University School of Social Work. Since coming to CCCC, she has developed particular expertise in the areas of child abuse and domestic violence, overseeing the implementation of the Integrated Family Violence Program, DCF-DV Consultants and the award-winning Family Violence Outreach Program.
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
Family CT has been a leader in the development of collaborative services since its inception. Many of our program’s strengths derive from successful relationships with other service providers and resource sharing. Family CT’s  formal partnerships currently include the following: New Haven Home Recovery, the New Haven, East Haven, Branford and West Haven Departments of Police, the New Haven, West Haven and Bridgeport Boards of Education, Yale-New Haven Hospital including Saint Raphael Campus and 24 pediatric practices in the Region, Integrated Wellness and Community Health Network. Family CT works closely with various state departments including Children and Families, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Social Services and Public Health. Family CT serves on statewide and community initiatives including the New Haven Early Childhood Alliance and the CT Medical Home Advisory Council.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Celebrating Solutions Award for innovation in domestic violenceThe Mary Byron Foundation2007
Parent Educator of the Year to CCCC's Home VisitorParents As Teachers2011
Liberty Bell Award to Cheryl BurackThe Foundation of the New Haven County Bar2013
Comments
CEO Comments   The greatest challenge right now is being unable to predict and plan for the future with any certainty. So much is changing so quickly in health care and in other related arenas, and this is driving other changes both known and unknown. The state is more actively looking for ways to shift costs, asking their subcontractors to bill Medicaid and experimenting with Social Impact Bonds. The CT Department of Children and Families is assertively working to reduce their caseload, which could result in fewer funded services. Connecticut is projecting a $1billion deficit for next fiscal year. Some predict that smaller nonprofits will not be able to survive all the changes and that funders including public and private donors will favor larger organizations. These combined factors make it extremely difficult to predict and plan for what the environment will look like even a few years from now. Sustainability, while staying true to our mission and maintaining quality services, is always the challenge.
 
Where there are risks, there may be opportunities. The popularity of home-based services seems to be increasing and we already have that niche. There is a focus on integration of services through care coordination and medical homes and we have that niche. The State of Connecticut wants to implement new, evidence-based service models and we are open to change and new program development. There is a focus, nationally and in Connecticut, on early childhood and we provide early home visitation.  
 

Since so much is uncertain, we have to cover all the bases to the extent possible. As Executive Director, my overall strategy is to raise the agency’s statewide profile, apply for new grant opportunities that both strengthen and expand our niche identity, participate in statewide and local groups and committees that may lead to future opportunities in emerging trends such as medical home, early childhood and third-party billing, strengthen our identity as a provider of clinical services, strengthen our identity as a provider of early childhood services, strengthen our capacity to be a trauma-informed organization, strengthen our knowledge of and link to relationship-based interventions (parent-child attachment), document our outcomes and explore strategic partnerships and mergers,

 
 
Board Chair
Pamela Matocha
Company Affiliation T.M. Byxbee Company
Term July 2014 to June 2016
Email pam.matocha@byxbee.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Meghan Dahlmeyer Yale University
Norman Forrester Bank of America
Marlene Graham CT Department of Children and Families
Maryellen Holford Retired CPA
Cheryl Juniewic Esq.Attorney, Law office of Cheryl Juniewic
Stacey Lafferty Private law firm
Jack Levine DDS, FAGDDentist, private practice in New Haven, CT
Steven Levine West Haven Public Schools
Jacqueline Miconi Special Education Teacher
Angel Peterson UKS
Tommie Wehrle Coldwell Banker
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 8
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Dishonesty
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Medical Health Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Professional Liability
Board Co-Chair
Angel Peterson
Company Affiliation Aetna
Term July 2014 to June 2016
Email apeterson03@gmail.com
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Operations
CEO Comments
Please see our website at www.familyct.org for more program information.  Follow us on Facebook and "like" us! 
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $3,719,925.00
Projected Expenses $3,719,925.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$313,312$250,958$257,431
Government Contributions$2,295,673$2,431,346$2,135,614
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$2,295,673$2,431,346$2,135,614
Individual Contributions------
------
$10,403$17,329$16,108
Investment Income, Net of Losses$9,415$103,586$6,831
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$15,385$15,204$4,806
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$2,158,784$2,184,770$2,046,586
Administration Expense$278,804$294,019$247,139
Fundraising Expense$73,533$44,589$44,739
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.121.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%87%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%2%2%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$1,558,358$1,372,208$862,792
Current Assets$1,133,085$951,665$1,170,390
Long-Term Liabilities$151,525$116,605$130,424
Current Liabilities$126,888$117,348$192,544
Total Net Assets$1,279,945$1,138,255$847,422
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountDCF $895,962DCF $882,541DCF $808,071
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountDSS $333,018DPH $305,423DSS/Nurturing Families Network $339,859
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountDPH $308,049Office of Victim Services $305,136DPH $312,478
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.938.116.08
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets10%8%15%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments
I am proud to share that 100% of the Family CT staff make financial contributions to our programs and participate in our annual holiday gift giving program to children and families.
 
We have been challenged by cuts and the continued flat funding in our state grants, as well as the threat of further state funding cuts, but are finding other ways to meet demand and do our work through foundations, contributions and special events. We are excited by the research being done to identify new and science-based program models to prevent child abuse and neglect and improve health and developmental outcomes and look forward to pursing these opportunities.
 
 
Foundation Staff Comments

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Address 235 Nicoll Street
rear entrance
New Haven, CT 06511
Primary Phone 203 624-2600
Contact Email info@familyct.org
CEO/Executive Director Cheryl Burack MS
Board Chair Pamela Matocha
Board Chair Company Affiliation T.M. Byxbee Company

 

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