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Welcome! Please enjoy the June edition of The Child & Family Guidance Center's monthly e-newsletter.

Compass Newsletter Logo - June 2022

Gala 2022: 

Champions for Children celebrates community, helps launch major infrastructure project

A collage of photos from the Gala, including our CSF staff, honoree John Skelly,, the Scinto Family and Dr. Cay White, recipient of our Outstanding Achievement Award.

Were you spotted? Click this link to see our Champions for Children photo album


The Child & Family Guidance Center's community of supporters gathered for the Champions for Children Gala on June 2 — the first gala held since 2019.  

With more than 150 guests in attendance at The Inn at Longshore in Westport, CFGC honored Yale New Haven Health's John Skelly — the preeminent supporter of our family programs — and our CFGC Medical Director Dr. Cay White, who is retiring after 29 years of dedicated service.

In total, CFGC's guests and sponsors helped raise $92,000 for CFGC's services, including $28,000 pledged during the Gala's Paddle Raise. The Paddle Raise funds will kickstart a multi-year, agency-wide infrastructure project, aimed at improving client access to mental health and family services.

"CFGC is lacking a fully-functional Electronic Health Record (EHR) system, which has increased the workload for clinicians, as well as slowed the turnaround time for screenings and intakes," explained President & CEO Michael Patota. "CFGC is facing a turning point in the way we interact with our clients. With an outdated EHR system, access to essential information is limited for families, we face greater threat of privacy and security leaks and system glitches. That's why the commitment our community made at the 2022 Gala was so important.

It's the first step in a massive project that will ensure CFGC is here for the families who need us, well into the future. " 

CFGC will be seeking additional public, private and philanthropic partnerships to support this crucial EHR project.

Download/View our 2022 Gala Program here. 

Thank you to the 2022 Champions for Children sponsors, who made the evening possible:

Gold Medal:  R.D. Scinto, Inc. 

Changemaker: Farmers Insurance — Cigna 

M.V.P.: Cohen and Wolf, P.C. — People's United, a division of M&T Bank —

Optimus Health Care — Gloria & Bill Paul 

Community Champions: Hi Ho Petroleum — PKF O'Connor Davies —

The D'Amico Family — Marcum LLP

Special thanks to our "Very Important Champions" (V.I.C.'s), the local businesses/individuals who donated to our silent auction and to Fresh Flower Bar of Fairfield for beautiful centerpieces. 


Mobile Crisis: Fully-staffed and ready to respond 

The Child & Family Guidance Center’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Service (MCIS) is fully staffed and stands ready to respond when a child or teen is experiencing a mental health crisis in Fairfield County. Filling our open MCIS positions with highly-skilled clinicians has been a main priority for CFGC during these last several months. 

In March alone, 2-1-1 Connecticut referred 263 calls to our team and our partners at Community Health Center — the highest we’ve seen since 2019. With the acuity of the children’s mental health crisis at unprecedented levels, having an expert team of clinicians to guide youth and the adults in their lives through these challenging moments is essential. 

If you suspect that a child needs crisis intervention, dial 211 to be connected to a mobile crisis clinician — who will be there within 45 minutes to assess and support the child or adolescent.


In Other CFGC News...

Hyacintha Bernard with her WeCare Community Award.

CFGC Director receives community honor 

Congratulations to our own Hyacintha Bernard, who received a Care Award from the WeCare Community Center on May 28. Hyacintha is the program director of our Reunification and Therapeutic Family Time (RTFT) program and our Visitation Center. WeCare recognized Hyacintha for her advocacy, support and leadership in promoting mental health and the well-being of children and families. A well-deserved honor to a true advocate and leader at CFGC and in our community!

Weston Kiwanis Run logo

2022 Reservoir Run 

The Kiwanis Club of Weston has once again selected CFGC as a beneficiary of its October Reservoir Run - a half marathon and 5K in Weston. 

Currently, the Kiwanis Club has sponsorship opportunities available to local businesses. Get your name and message out to the roughly 4,300 runners who participate each year and support CFGC's services. Details on sponsorships available here. 

Or, email the club at sponsors@westonkiwanis.org


Dividers in our CFGC Norwalk office

Special delivery in Norwalk

Our new Norwalk office, located at 295 Westport Avenue, just got a little more comfortable for our staff, thanks to at donation from R.D. Scinto, Inc. 

Board Chair Dana Scinto and the team at R.D. Scinto donated and helped outfit our Norwalk office with top-notch cubicles and dividers, creating a more comfortable work space for our team in Norwalk. CFGC moved into this new Norwalk office space a few months ago and several of our programs, including SSTRY, MCIS and CSF  are using the office to better serve our clients in lower Fairfield County. 

Thank you, R.D. Scinto! 


Juneteenth honored at CFGC

The Child & Family Guidance Center closed on Monday, June 20, in observance of Juneteenth National Independence Day. This is first year that Juneteenth — commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States — is an agency holiday. Our staff advocated for this recognition, ensuring our agency fully acknowledges this important part of U.S. history. Learn more about the history of Juneteenth here: https://www.history.com/news/what-is-juneteenth  

GBHVP team at the Harding High Health Fair

Community Outreach

CFGC is happy to be back out in the community, attending events and spreading the word about our programs. 

Members of our Greater Bridgeport Home Visiting Partnership (GBHVP), Substance Screening, Treatment and Recovery for Youth (SSTRY), Care Coordination and MCIS have been attending community events, including local health fairs at Harding High and Capitol Prep. 

If you would like CFGC to participate in an upcoming event, please email us


Wishing you a safe, fun and healthy summer. CFGC's monthly newsletter will be on a brief hiatus, but we'll check back in before school starts! 


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