News, Events & Media

On this page you will find latest press releases, media inquiry guidelines, newsletters, events and featured news stories.

MEDIA INQUIRIES

Thank you for your interest in The Child and Family Guidance Center. Protecting our clients’ privacy is at the heart of all our communications guidelines. For media inquiries, please contact Hannah Albee, Director of Development and Communications at halbee@cfguidance.org or by calling (203)394-6529 x3069. We urge you to also familiarize yourself with our Programs and About sections before making your inquiry. We look forward to discussing our story with you

EVENTS

Thanks to the outpouring of generous support from our community, the return of our Champions for Children Gala on May 3oth, 2019 was a huge success! We raised over $83,000 while honoring long time Board Member Ann Owens, and hearing from Ct Attorney General William Tong, Legendary Champion Bobby Valentine, and a successful graduate of our Nurturing Families Network program. To See a copy of the event journal and learn more about Champions for Children click here.

 

 

Thanks to the amazing support in our community,  this year’s Fairfield County’s Giving Day was a success! After raising $7,029, we were also awarded a bonus $227.27 from The Fairfield County Community Foundation for the number of individual donors who gave generously on February 28th. Giving Day is always a great way to raise awareness and much needed funds for the essential mental health programs families and children in our communities so urgently needed. We thank The Fairfield County Community Foundation for powering this day of philanthropy throughout our county. 

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PRESS RELEASES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE "Champions for Children” Gala Returns to Benefit The Child and Family Guidance Center

Bridgeport, CT., April 26th, 2019 – The Child and Family Guidance Center will host the return of its Champions for Children Benefit Cocktail Gala on May 30th at The Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk, CT. Tickets and information can be found on the Media and Events page at www.cfguidance.org or by calling 203-394-6529 ext. 3069.

With offices in Bridgeport, Stratford and Norwalk, The Child and Family Guidance Center provides children’s mental healthcare and complementary support services throughout Fairfield County. The benefit will fund crucial programs and operations that are challenged by stagnating government grant sources and a rise in demand for services.

The event honors retiring Board member Ann Owens who has served on the Center’s Board of Directors since the early 2000s. “We’ve been exceptionally fortunate to have had Ann’s steady leadership through the years, and the Board is excited to have this opportunity to acknowledge her service to the children and families of Greater Bridgeport,” said Board of Directors Chairperson Dana Scinto. Mrs. Owens is s life-long resident of Bridgeport, retired teacher, mother, grandmother, and wife of the late Honorable Howard T. Owens.

Connecticut’s Attorney General William Tong will be in attendance as the Center’s Special Guest Honoree and Speaker.“Our staff and Board of Directors are thrilled that Attorney General Tong will be with us to celebrate our vision that all children in Fairfield County will be emotionally and psychologically healthy so that they can reach their maximum potential at home, at school and in life,” said President/CEO Michael Patota.

Guests will have a chance to learn more about The Child and Family Guidance Center from Board Members, clinicians, staff, and a former participant in one of their parenting programs. The event will feature a silent auction, hearty appetizers, and fun cocktails. General and VIP Tickets and Sponsorships start at $125.00.

The special fundraising gala is made possible thanks to generous sponsoring organizations, event in-kind gift partners, silent auction donors, and a growing number of individual supporters. R.D. Scinto Corporation has generously stepped up once again as a Winners Circle Sponsor, and Shorehaven Golf Club is providing generous in-kind sponsorship of its facility. “The generosity of local corporate and business neighbors such as R.D. Scinto, Pullman and Colmey, and Shorehaven Golf Club goes a long way toward funding the work we do, and it gives our growing community of donors a chance to come together to support they cause they care so much about,” said Director of Development and Communications Hannah Albee. Tickets, Sponsorship information, silent auction donation forms, and journal ad forms are available and can be found on the event web page or by contacting Ms. Albee at (203) 394-6529 x3069.

About The Child and Family Guidance Center: Since 1925, The Child and Family Guidance Center has helped children and families who struggle with mental health issues. Our 14 programs are structured around three pillars of service: Child and Youth Counseling Services, Youth in Crisis, and Family Support Services. The mission of The Child & Family Guidance Center is to provide culturally informed mental health services and complementary supports to children, teenagers, and their families, regardless of their ability to pay. In Fiscal Year 2018, the center served more than 4,000 children and families, over 80% of whom were low income, and over 80% had experienced trauma. Our goal is for all Fairfield County children to be emotionally and psychologically healthy so that they can reach their maximum potential at home, at school, and in life.  For more information, visit www.cfguidance.org

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The Child and Family Guidance Center to host “Building Resilience in Our Children” with guest speaker Dr. John Woodall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Child and Family Guidance Center to host “Building Resilience in Our Children” with guest speaker Dr. John Woodall

Speaker-Breakfast at The Patterson Club will focus on strategies for parents and caregivers

Bridgeport, CT., December 17, 2018 – The Child and Family Guidance Center will host resiliency expert and psychiatrist Dr. John Woodall at The Patterson Club in Fairfield, CT on Friday morning, February 8. The Patterson Club will begin serving a full breakfast buffet at 7:30. Tickets and more information can be found at https://cfgc.salsalabs.org/galacopy1copy1/index.html or by going to The Child and Family Guidance Center’s News and Events page at www.cfguidance.org.

Dr. Woodall’s presentation will be geared toward helping parents develop emotional resiliency in children. He will also be offering a series of short videos so that participants can continue to develop their own strengths and connections with the young people in they care for.

“We’re grateful for Dr. Woodall’s profound expertise and commitment to strengthening families,” said Michael Patota, CEO/President at The Child and Family Guidance Center.Our goal is for all Fairfield County children to be emotionally and psychologically healthy so that they can reach their maximum potential at home, at school and in life so we are excited for Dr. Woodall’s presentation.

 Tickets are on sale now for $50.00 and will cover both the cost of a delicious breakfast catered by The Paterson Club, and support the The Child and Family Guidance Center. “In addition to our sincere appreciation for Dr. Woodall’s gift of time and skill, we are grateful to The Patterson Club for opening up their beautiful country club event space.” Mr. Patota said.  “Because of all this generous in-kind support, we were able to keep the cost of tickets down for more parents and caregivers to take part.”

The breakfast will begin at 7:30 am and Dr. Woodall is scheduled to begin his program at 8 am. This program for professionals of all kinds who have concerns about child resiliency.

About Dr. John Woodall:

Dr. Woodall is Founder and Director of The Unity Project, a resilience-building program for youth.  A psychiatrist, formerly on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, he has a special expertise in posttraumatic stress disorder and resilience. He was Country Director of a USAID-funded refugee relief effort in the Balkans after the war there, and the Convener of the “Resilient Responses to Social Crisis Working Group” at Harvard University and directed the “Task Force for Accountability for War Crimes in the Former Yugoslavia” at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He is Co-Founder of the Healing Arts Project working with New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development after 9/11 to build resilience in the city’s children and developed similar resilience building programming in New Orleans and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina and in northern Uganda working with former child soldiers and their victims.  Since the Newtown tragedy, he has launched a series of resilience building efforts there.

About The Child and Family Guidance Center:

Since 1925, The Child and Family Guidance Center has helped children and families who struggle with mental health issues. Our 15 programs are structured around three pillars of service: Child and Youth Counseling Services, Youth in Crisis, and Family Support Services. The mission of The Child & Family Guidance Center is to provide culturally informed mental health services and complementary supports to children, teenagers, and their families, regardless of their ability to pay. In Fiscal Year 2018, the center served more than 4,000 children and families, over 85% of whom were low income, and over 80% have experienced trauma. Our goal is for all Fairfield County children to be emotionally and psychologically healthy so that they can reach their maximum potential at home, at school and in life.  For more information, visit www.cfguidance.org

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The Child and Family Guidance Center Adds SMART Recovery to Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment

For Immediate Release

The Child and Family Guidance Center Adds SMART Recovery to Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment

Agency receives $10,000 grant from Connecticut Recovery Oriented Support System for Youth

Bridgeport, CT., September 27, 2018 – The Child and Family Guidance Center is adding SMART Recovery to its Turning Point Regional Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (TPRASA) in an ongoing effort to counter rising substance abuse rates in teens. The agency was awarded the $10,000 Connecticut Recovery Oriented Support System for Youth initiative grant in September, and is part of a network of recipients initiating the program this Fall.

“SMART Recovery is a natural fit in our Turning Point program, and now teens will have the funding for the kinds of group activities that support treatment progress and goals,” says Michael Patota, CEO/President of The Child and Family Guidance Center. TPRASA Director Donna Fletcher, LPC, LADC is thrilled to have the substance abuse program she has built since 2013 boosted this way. “I’m really excited for the kids and families to have these opportunities to meet regularly and participate in concrete, evidence based community  activities that will strengthen their recovery,” she says. “The SMART Recovery approach and curriculum focuses on strengths and pro-social skills building.  In addition, youth learn how to better cope with stress by regulating their emotions and thoughts.  Support for family members is also available through SMART Recovery.”

SMART RECOVERY uses a cognitive/behavioral methodology that emphasizes 4 areas of awareness and change:

(1) Enhancing motivation;

(2) Refusing to act on urges to use;

(3) Managing life’s problems in a sensible and effective way without substances; and

(4) Developing a positive, balanced, and healthy lifestyle.

The Turning Point Regional Adolescent Substance Abuse Program helps approximately 48 teens a year. information about the program is in this recent newsletter here: http://cfguidance.com/home-3/news-media/

About The Child and Family Guidance Center:

Since 1925, The Child and Family Guidance Center has helped children and families who struggle with mental health issues. Our 15 programs are structured around three pillars of service: Child and Youth Counseling Services, Youth in Crisis, and Family Support Services.  The mission of The Child & Family Guidance Center is to provide culturally informed mental health services and complementary supports to children, teenagers, and their families, regardless of their ability to pay. In Fiscal Year 2018, the center served more than 4,000 children and families, over 85% of whom were low income, and over 80% have experienced trauma. Our goal is for all Fairfield County children to be emotionally and psychologically healthy so that they can reach their maximum potential at home, at school and in life.  For more information, visit www.cfguidance.org

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The Child and Family Guidance Center Receives Bridgeport Rotary Grant

For Immediate Release

The Child and Family Guidance Center Receives Bridgeport Rotary Grant

Clinic awarded $10,000 grant from local service organization to support bilingual mental health services

Bridgeport, CT., December 17, 2018 – The Child and Family Guidance Center received a generous $10,000 grant from the Bridgeport Rotary Club Foundation to support bilingual mental health clinical staffing in the Center’s outpatient unit.

The mission of The Child & Family Guidance Center is to provide culturally informed mental health services and complementary supports to children, teenagers, and their families, regardless of their ability to pay, says Michael Patota, CEO/President of The Child and Family Guidance Center. “Since 1925, our child-centered and family-focused services have reached children throughout Fairfield County, with specific focus on Bridgeport. We’re grateful for the Bridgeport Rotary Club Foundation’s generosity in helping us to provide services to any child, regardless of their family’s language, cultural background and financial ability.”

In 2019, The Bridgeport Rotary Club will be celebrating its 100th anniversary serving the Bridgeport Community. “The Bridgeport Rotary Club’s motto is Service above Self,” says President Carolyn Vermont. “We’re proud to be helping our longtime neighbor, The Child and Family Guidance Center. Our core missions share a spirit of service to others – and for nearly a century both our organizations have been quietly helping the most vulnerable people in our city and beyond.”

 

In the past two years, the Outpatient Clinic has experienced a 14% increase in demand for psychiatric services. At the same time:

  • 85% of the children and families served in the most recent fiscal year were living in poverty
  • Over 80% of its clients identify as racial and/or ethnic minorities
  • Over 80% of children receiving services have been exposed to trauma at home and in their communities

As the demand for services increases, the caseloads for bilingual Spanish-speaking clinicians are reaching disproportionate levels. The Center continues to seek funding in order to maintain its high-quality standard of care for all the children and families they serve, regardless of language and cultural background.

About The Child and Family Guidance Center:

Since 1925, The Child and Family Guidance Center has helped children and families who struggle with mental health issues. Our 15 programs are structured around three pillars of service: Child and Youth Counseling Services, Youth in Crisis, and Family Support Services. The mission of The Child & Family Guidance Center is to provide culturally informed mental health services and complementary supports to children, teenagers, and their families, regardless of their ability to pay. In Fiscal Year 2018, the center served more than 4,000 children and families, over 85% of whom were low income, and over 80% have experienced trauma. Our goal is for all Fairfield County children to be emotionally and psychologically healthy so that they can reach their maximum potential at home, at school and in life.  For more information, visit www.cfguidance.org

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