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FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE

Fatherhood Initiative:

Our goal is to prevent child abuse and neglect by increasing the participation of fathers in the lives of their children, increasing the fathers’ knowledge about their children’s developmental needs, and promoting bonding and attachment between fathers and their children.

Learn more about FCA’s Family Support services here.

Imagine 2016

This year’s spring event, IMAGINE 2016, will be held on Friday, May 20 at The Loading Dock in Stamford, CT. The evening will highlight Family & Children’s Agency and the 11,000+ individuals we impact throughout Fairfield County. Read More,

IMAGINE 2016 Online Bidding is Now Available!

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You can now place bids online with your smartphone or mobile device, even if you’re unable to attend the event! (more…)

MINKS to SINKS Spring Sale

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Saturday, May 7th

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Volunteer Appreciation


LeonaLeona Bissonnette learned about Family & Children’s Agency from a presentation given at her church and decided that adding “volunteer” to her schedule has a retiree, would be an easy and fulfilling task. Read More,

A Mother’s Love

FCA client artwork, inspired by the 1950s art movement, Pop Art

This Mother’s Day, celebrate the extraordinary women in your life, by supporting at-risk mothers and children in our community. Read More,

FCA 2016 PEEPS Contest

Each year, FCA joins hundreds of “PEEPS” across the country, in participating in the “Pioneer Press Marshmallow Peeps© Diorama contest”. FCA staff join in by department and recreate a scene from current events, pop culture and internal situations or projects. Each department submits their diorama anonymously and staff vote on their favorite visuals.

Take a look at what the FCA “PEEPle” submitted for this year’s contest!

 

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Giving Day 2016

 

FCA Giving Day]

FCA for Giving Day: 10 Reasons for $10 on March 10th

 

You play a significant role in impacting the lives of our community.

Make an impact that lasts a lifetime this Thursday, March 10th, by

donating $10 during Fairfield County’s Giving Day.

 

10. To support Yale trained counseling teams, who provide Intensive In-home Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Services.

9. To help at-risk mothers and newborns maintain the support and resources for healthy living and parenting.

8. To help provide adults experiencing homelessness with vocational support and housing resources.

7.  To help provide teens in foster care with life skills training, including social, emotional and mental health assistance.

6. To support the work of Project REWARD, Fairfield County’s only out-patient substance abuse program designed specifically for women.

5. To provide home visiting services and parent coaching, to enable family reunification.

4. To support the continuous academic, theme-based and cultural immersion education for our middle and high school ASPIRE students.

3. To help provide local seniors safe and reliable transportation to medical appointments.

2. To support college visits for FCA high school students.

1. To impact the lives of thousands of families in Fairfield County and help FCA win $20,000!

 

DONATE NOW

 

Join us for the 2016 Korean Roots Tour

Family & Children’s Agency and Spence Chapin invite you and your family to explore the
unique culture and heritage of Korea. Learn more about your child’s country of origin with
our expert guides. This trip is a once in a lifetime experience for you and your children to share.
For more information including trip itinerary and cost, please download Roots Brochure 2016.
You may register by completing the KoreanRoots 2016 Registration Form
Questions? Please contact Darlene Cirilli at 860-586-2365 or DCirilli@FCAgency.org .

 

Bringing Hannah Home

There’s an adjustment period for every family when they bring home a new sibling. While the parents modify their work and sleeping schedules, older brothers or sisters are adapting their routines, as well. In the case of the Park family, however, their new daughter was not a newborn, but rather a one-year-old who seemingly overnight became capable of both playing with and stealing toys from her three-year-old brother. While many families would pull their hair out at the mere thought, the Parks feel blessed to have adopted two healthy babies and are reveling in the chaos.

image2 “We can’t imagine our family without her,” said Hoon Park.

Hoon and Yvonne Park first adopted their son, Jaehoon, from Korea in October 2012. Hoon, an American citizen of Korean decent, and Yvonne have always been interested in adoption to build their family. In 2011, they were introduced to Family & Children’s Agency and began the adoption process through Korea. The following year, they brought home their 11-month-old son, Jaehoon.

Soon after settling in at home, the Parks made the decision to adopt again. Although initially worried the process may take longer following several changes to Korean international adoption laws, they found the process to be seamless. Adjustments to the referral process and travel requirements were seen as minor hurdles to the Parks, who knew it would all be worth it when they brought their daughter home.

As with their first adoption of Jaehoon, the Parks say FCA was with them every step of the way. In addition to receiving updates every other week, the couple met with FCA adoption staff after the Agency’s annual trip to Korea to collect pictures of their daughter. Even when Hoon and Yvonne traveled to Korea, they say FCA staff was always accommodating and only a phone call or email away.

For over 30 years, FCA has partnered with the Social Welfare Society (SWS) of Korea to provide international adoption services. According to Mary Kate Locke, Director of Adoption and Youth Development at FCA, this longstanding working relationship is strengthened by each agency’s commitment to learning about the other’s culture, and providing support for the birth mothers, foster parents and adopting families. “We’re two likeminded agencies,” says Mary Kate.

Hoon and Yvonne agree that the love the Korean foster mothers have for the children is both palpable and genuine. When visiting SWS awaiting Hannah’s adoption, Jaehoon was able to reunite with his foster mother. She told Hoon and Yvonne that seeing how happy Jaehoon was with his family is what encourages her to continue fostering.

“They do it out of love,” says Hoon. “You can see it in their eyes that they love these children. I think the children adjust so well because of them.” image1

While visiting Korea last year, the Parks were also able to celebrate Hannahs’ first birthday. SWS hosts a banquet dinner each month for children awaiting adoption, their foster parents and the adopting families, if they are available to visit. It’s an evening Yvonne and Hoon will never forget, and they are grateful to have been a part of their daughter’s earliest memories.

The Parks officially received custody of Hannah on Oct. 31, 2014 and brought her home to the United States one week later. Hannah is now two and Jaehoon is four. Although the last year has been a whirlwind, the Parks say they wouldn’t change a thing and their family is now “richer with love.”

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