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The CFGC Compass Newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of The Child & Family Guidance Center's new monthly e-newsletter.

New program focuses on helping young families succeed and thrive 

Young families in Greater Bridgeport have a new option for holistic and culturally informed support services, thanks to an expanded program offered by The Child & Family Guidance Center (CFGC) and funded through Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood (OEC). 

The Greater Bridgeport Home Visiting Partnership (GBHVP) — funded through a grant from OEC — builds upon existing home visiting services for the Greater Bridgeport area. CFGC is leading the program, in collaboration with a partner team at Bridgeport Hospital

The Greater Bridgeport Home Visiting Partnership team at a recent Winter Wonderland photoshoot for families in the program..

GBHVP Director Teneika Brown (front) with the home visiting team members Sandy, Fran, Lorena and Dané. The team poses with the backdrop they set up in December for a special Winter Wonderland photoshoot for families.

Teneika Brown, MSW, is the Director of GBHVP and explains that the program’s ultimate goal is helping parents to create a stable, healthy environment for their children. For some families, that can mean overcoming challenges entirely unrelated to child development.  

“If someone is facing eviction or their electricity has been shut off, they don’t want to talk about child development and play,” Brown said. “In GBHVP, we have ways to help families through those kinds of challenges and then we can focus on building upon the existing strengths and culture unique to every family.”

In addition to offering weekly home visits to families, case management and monthly parent groups, GBHVP includes the addition of a fatherhood home visitor and offers prenatal and postpartum mothers the option of working with a doula through Connecticut Community Doulas.


WE NEED YOU: Fairfield County's Giving Day is Thursday, February 24

CFGC's FC Giving Day page is live.

Please join us on Thursday, February 24 for Fairfield County's Giving Day 2022! 

When you #GiveWhereYouLive you make a difference in the lives of children and families throughout Fairfield County and help CFGC qualify for additional grant awards from Fairfield County's Community Foundation. 

Our MATCHING CHALLENGE is BACK! Donations made between 12-2 p.m. on Giving Day will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $2,500! This generous matching gift is made possible by Dana Scinto, CFGC's Board Chair, Board Treasurer Michael Ruggiero and our President & CEO Michael Patota.  

Click the Fundraise Button on our page to become an online Champion for Children's Mental Health this Giving Day. It's simple to sign up and easy to share!

Giving Day starts at midnight on Feb. 24 and closes at 11:59 p.m. that evening. All qualifying gifts must be made through our page: www.fcgives.org/organizations/the-child-and-family-guidance-center-inc 

Questions? Email us

EVERY GIFT MAKES AN IMPACT — from $10 to $1,000. 


In Other CFGC News...

President & CEO Michael Patota speaks in Hartford

Advocacy in Hartford

The Child & Family Guidance Center’s President & CEO Michael Patota joined legislators in Hartford late last month to advocate for investment in mental health, supporting a plan released by lawmakers.

“This is an opportunity to really put our money where our mouth is,” CFGC’s CEO said at. the Jan. 26 press conference. “We all talk about this crisis but it’s not going to get resolved without fully funding treatment for children and their families.”

Click here for links to the media coverage

Near & Far Aid logo

Near & Far Aid Grant

Near & Fair Aid, an all-volunteer fundraising and fund-granting organization, is strengthening CFGC's mission through a recent grant. 

Near & Far Aid's grant to CFGC will go directly toward improving access to our best-practice mental health treatment for children and teens. With Near & Far Aid's help, CFGC can keep its commitment to never turning a family away, based on the inability to pay. 

Each year, Near & Far Aid grants over $1 million to local agencies targeting poverty and improving lives.

Learn more about Near & Far Aid.


Here's what we're reading right now, regarding children's mental health.

The Children's Mental Health Crisis

The children's mental health crisis is something we hear about often on the news and social media today.

What does it mean and how has COVID-19 had an impact?

In January, the NYTimes.com shared some of the latest research and expert insight.

"The pandemic has upended children’s lives. “But until I spent time pulling together data and reading reports, I did not understand just how alarming the situation had become,” David Leonhardt writes."

Check it out here. 



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