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

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Next week: A celebration of Gratitude and Giving begins

Each year, starting on Thanksgiving Day, we at The Child & Family Guidance Center focus on gratitude and the accomplishments of the year. 

You can like and follow our #7DaysofGratitude campaign across all CFGC social media, including Instagram and Facebook. #7DaysofGratitude leads right up to Giving Tuesday on Nov. 29. Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

Here at CFGC, the money donated on Giving Tuesday goes directly to moving our mission forward in the new year, ensuring children, teens an their families have the tools to heal, thrive and build a path to a brighter future. You can donate to Giving Tuesday campaign by clicking on the image below. 

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CFGC Staff Spotlight: Ruthy Blackwell, Supervisor, RTFT 

Ruthy Blackwell, RTFT Supervisor

In October, Ruthy Blackwell, MA was promoted to Supervisor of CFGC’s Reunification and Therapeutic Family Time Program, moving up from her role as Senior Clinician with the program. Ruthy started at CFGC in 2019 as a part-time case worker for RTFT.

Program Director Hyacintha Bernard said Ruthy’s excellent work ethic and peer leadership skills were all factors in her well-deserved promotion.   

RTFT provides parenting education, parent-child relationship building, safety planning, supervised therapeutic family time and case management to parents after children have been removed from the home. Using a visit coaching model, RTFT works toward long-term family reunification and supporting parents in creating a safe and stable environment for their children. 

“What gets me excited about my position is being able to develop more of my leadership skills within the program and agency,” Ruthy said. “I love the RTFT team and enjoy impacting the families I’ve worked with. I enjoy helping parents recognize their strengths and helping them build their self-image.”  

 When asked about future goals, Ruthy says: “One of my long term goals for the future are to work within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As for the short term, I want to continue building on my leadership skills and having a positive impact on those around me.” 

Thank you for all you do for children and families, Ruthy!  


In Other CFGC News...

Toy and gift card drives

Holiday Drives

Each year, our community helps CFGC brighten the holidays for hundreds of children, teens and their families through donated gift cards, toys and essentials. Bringing joy to kids in need and taking stress off of parents striving to make ends meet is a fitting way to celebrate the season of giving. 

Are you or your company/workplace interested in hosting a toy or gift card drive for our families? Please email us to learn how you can help. 

If you are interested in "adopting" a CFGC family for the holiday season, please reach out and we can connect you with a family who would benefit. Families will remain anonymous to protect patient privacy, unless parents/guardians choose otherwise. 


Work with us

Make a difference in the lives of children and families by joining CFGC's team. Positions are currently open in several programs. We are looking to fill roles for an HR Administrator, clinicians in Mobile Crisis and Family Reunification program and case manager roles. 

Please note: CFGC offers sign-on bonuses for bilingual and/or licensed clinicians. 

Look at our job openings here.

The Child and Family Guidance Center is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, or physical disability. 


Questions? Comments? Please email Director of Development & Communications Kate Czaplinski at kczaplinski@cfguidance.org.


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