Throughout its history, the agency evolved in the services it offered to meet the changing needs of children. In the late 1930s it served as a convalescent home for children with polio and rheumatic fever. In the early 1940s it served as a refuge for 125 children and 19 mothers from Oxford, England, who were sent to America to escape the Nazi bombing raids. In the 1950s The Children’s Center of Hamden evolved into a Residential Treatment facility for children identified with social or emotional problems and at risk of abuse and neglect.
Today, The Children’s Center of Hamden offers a full array of services ranging from outpatient therapy to after school treatment programs, special education and residential programs addressing a variety of conditions and circumstances. While each program provides its own specialty, generally speaking the children suffer from one or more of a variety of problems; psychological and social problems; physical and/or sexual abuse; learning disabilities; substance abuse; and family trauma. Approximately 200 boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 18 are served on a daily basis.
Accomplishments Over the Past Year
Tony has been in the role of Chief Executive Officer since 1999. He has oversight responsibility for the functioning of the organization. Through the Chief Operating Officer, Tony is responsible for the provision of treatment and special education services in accordance with state and national standards. He has a more direct role in overseeing business services, information technology, personnel and fundraising. Tony is also the primary liaison between The Children’s Center and state elected officials as well as cognizant state agencies. Prior to his tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Tony functioned as the Agency’s Chief Administrative Officer. Tony started his career at The Children’s Center in 1978 as Administrator for Financial and Support Services.
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