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.
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 (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.
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.”
The program aims to achieve the following long-term outcomes:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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When families, schools and communities take the view that children and youth are valued and respected assets to society, they necessarily support environments that nurture youth development. Children raised to embrace positive social values, to seek self-understanding, and to value their self-worth grow to become community-minded young adults with a sense of belonging and a belief in their resiliency. See how you can help our community's children grow into tomorrow's leaders.
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