Thank you to all who supported FCA on March 7 for Fairfield County Gives!
Thank you to all who donated to Family & Children’s Agency this past March 7!
On March 7, Family & Children’s Agency is joining hundreds of nonprofits throughout Fairfield County for Fairfield County Gives. Sponsored by the Fairfield County Community Foundation and Bank of America, Fairfield County Gives is a 24-hour period to give where you live.
FCA will be joining–and competing–with hundreds of nonprofits to garner the most donors.
What it is
- The goal of Fairfield County Gives is to raise $1 million for nonprofits throughout Fairfield County.
- Prizes will be given to nonprofits throughout the day, with the largest prize–$25,000–awarded to the organization with the most donors.
What you can do
- All donations must be a minimum of $10 and made through www.FCGives.org within the 24-hour period of March 7.
- Tell a friend. In fact, tell two friends. Then ask them to tell two friends!
- Get creative! Want to give $50? Give $10 five times to increase FCA’s donors.
- Don’t forget to share this on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Why you should donate
- 89 cents of every dollar donated to Family & Children’s Agency goes directly to helping our clients.
- It’s a fun way to come together as a community and reinforce the philanthropic spirit of Fairfield County.
Click here to donate to FCA on March 7!
Family & Children’s Agency Receives Council on Accreditation Renewal
Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) excelled in its recent evaluation from the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Services to Families and Children, an international, nonprofit family service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. The 8-month process, which included a self-study and in-depth site visit from COA professionals, found FCA meeting or exceeding national benchmarks in agency standards for everything from administration to client care. FCA has been fully accredited for more than 30 years.
The accreditation process occurs at all levels of the organization including the Board of Directors, leadership team and staff. Across the board, COA professionals who visited FCA found the Agency to be highly-qualified in all areas.
“The Agency is re-accredited every four years, which ensures that every program and all levels of staff keep current and continuously improve,” said Mary Ellen Hass, Executive Vice President of FCA. “It’s ultimately an opportunity to improve the quality of the services we provide.”
Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA, thanked the entire Board of Directors and staff who participated in the COA review process and for “always maintaining the high standards that are a hallmark of FCA.”
Earlier this year, FCA’s Adoption program also achieved Hague re-accreditation through COA.
COA was found in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service America (now the Alliance for Children and Families). Originally known as an accrediting body for family and children’s agencies, COA has accredited over 2,000 private and public organizations and programs that serve more than 7 million individuals and families in the United State, Canada and overseas. To learn more, visit coanet.org.
Attention Adoption Families: 2014 Korean Roots Family Tour Dates Set!
Families who have adopted through Family & Children’s Agency’s Korean Adoption program are invited to participate in the 2014 Roots Family Tour this summer.
We invite you to join the 2014 Roots Family Tour to Korea this summer from July 1 through July 13. You and your family will be traveling throughout Korea, experiencing its rich history and culture, while reuniting with old friends and making new ones.
As you return to your child’s country of birth, Korea’s many sights, sounds and tastes will enrich your journey. You will also explore your child’s beginnings by visiting the Social Welfare Society (SWS). The visit will include one of the SWS maternity shelters and baby reception centers. Your family may have the opportunity to make arrangements to meet your foster family and visit your bithplace. If your child was not adopted through the SWS, we will help you in making contact with the appropriate agency during your visit in Seoul.
During the trip you will be accompanied by an agency staff member and an English-speaking Korean travel guide. In preparation for the trip, you will be invited to an orientation workshop at Spence-Chapin Services, Family & Children’s Agency, or Americans for International Aid and Adoption. Join us in giving your child the gift of this special travel experience.
Click here to view the full itinerary for the 2014 Korean Roots Family Tour.
Click here to download registration papers.
Holiday Happenings Roundup
Family & Children’s Agency collected over 1,000 toys for clients this year—and we could not have done it without your help. The Agency would like to thank all who donated and volunteered their time to help make someone else’s holiday special by either donating toys, sponsoring a family, providing a meal or hosting a program party.
Thank you and happy holidays from Family and Children’s Agency!
95.9 The FOX and 99.1 WPLR Chaz & AJ Toy Drive
Darien Girl Scout Troop 50152
FactSet Research Systems
Fairfield County Bank
General Re Insurance
Girl Scouts—Brownie Troop 50302
Hitachi Capital America
Junior Board of Directors
Managers Investment Group LLC
New America Marketing
Norwalk Community College
Norwalk Hospital—Surgical Floor
Ox Ridge Elementary
Winston Prep School
New Norwalk and Hartford Adoption Information Meetings for 2014
Anyone considering adopting a child and growing their family has many questions.
- Is adoption right for me?
- Where will my child come from?
- What age child should we consider–infant, toddler, preschooler, older?
- Will he/she be healthy?
- How will our family dynamics change?
- How does the whole adoption process work?
- How long will it take to find a child that I can love and cherish?
Attend a FREE information session with Family & Children’s Agency to learn more about adoption through FCA and answer your questions. Information sessions are held each month in Norwalk and Hartford.
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Family & Children’s Agency Collects Over 160 Thanksgiving Meal Baskets!
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” — Anne Frank
Last year, Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) collected over 70 meal baskets for clients of all ages. This year, that number has doubled with over 160 meal baskets! Thank you to all our friends of the Agency and community partners for your generous donations this Thanksgiving season. As you sit around your table this year, know that someone is enjoying a meal with their family because of you. We wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!
Tumble Bugs Day School
Carousel Child Care
St. Patrick’s Church
Children’s Aid of Darien
Family & Children’s Agency Participates in Norwalk Food Drive
Nov. 16-24 is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) is participating in a food drive in collaboration with Greater Norwalk Opening Doors–an alliance to prevent and end homelessness. FCA’s two Norwalk locations will be collecting nonperishable food items this week from the community. Stop by FCA, or any of the four participating agencies, during normal business hours.
Family & Children’s Agency
9 Mott Ave. OR 140 Water St.
Westport City Hall
110 Myrtle Ave.
Norwalk City Hall
125 East Ave.
Keystone House, Inc.
147 Main St.
What Can You Donate?
Peanut butter – Canned tuna – Breakfast cereal – Canned fruit – Canned vegetables – Instant oatmeal – Powdered milk – Powdered drink mix – Canned pasta sauce – Hearty soups – Boxed meals (e.g. hamburger, chicken, tuna helper, Betty Crocker Complete Meals) – Chef Boyardee (e.g. ravioli, spaghetti-o’s, family-size cans) – Jelly and jam – Crackers – Ketchup – Mustard – Salad dressing – Mayonnaise – Salt and pepper – Sugar
Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging (SWCAA) Awarded Family & Children’s Agency’s 2013 Family Strengthening Award
The Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging (SWCAA) & Independent Living was awarded the 2013 Family Strengthening Award by Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) on Oct. 22 at FCA’s annual meeting. SWCAA has been a core funder of many of the services offered by FCA’s Home Care Services for Seniors, including Personal Alert, Carpentry and Home Modification, Assisted Transportation, Homemakers and Home Health Aides. SWCAA’s relationship with the Agency has continued for more than two decades, and their support for the Personal Alert response system has been in existence for nearly three decades.
SWCAA Executive Director Marie Allen, left, with SWCAA Board Chair Alice Pisani.
“Our partnerships with the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging is one of our most important and longstanding relationships,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA.
SWCAA, based in Bridgeport, is a private nonprofit organization that is a designated agency on aging by the Older American Act of 1965. SWCAA is a primary funding source for federal and state dollars for the elderly in the 14-town region of Southwestern Connecticut. In the last two years alone, SWCAA has provided almost $6 million for services to seniors in Fairfield County.
The Family Strengthening Award at FCA recognizes and celebrates individuals or organizations in the community whose outstanding contributions have dramatically impacted FCA’s ability to strengthen and stabilize families and offer help in all phases of life.
Charles W. Pieterse Awarded Family & Children’s Agency’s 2013 Anne C. Cary Volunteerism Award
Family & Children’s Agency presented Charles (Charlie) W. Pieterse, Vice Chair of the Agency’s Board of Directors, with the Anne C. Cary Volunteerism Award at its annual meeting, held Oct. 22 at Silvermine Golf Club in Norwalk. Charlie is a partner with Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan LLC, where he has worked for 24 years and focuses his practice on trust and estate litigation, as well as business litigation.
Board member Charles W. Pieterse (right) with Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan LLC colleague, Cynthia Lloyd, accepting the 2013 Anne C. Cary Volunteerism Award.
Charlie’s history with Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) began in 1999 when he and his wife, Sara, adopted two children through the Agency’s Korean Adoption program. In 2005, Charlie joined FCA’s Adoption Support Foundation and later became its co-chair. He was instrumental in successfully integrating the Foundation’s work into the Agency’s development efforts. Since 2007, Charlie has been an active Board member, with him and his firm providing literally hundreds of hours of legal consultation to FCA, all on a pro bono basis.
“Charlie is always willing to provide his and his firm’s legal talents and expertise to FCA on any issue while also offering important guidance and support on the strategic direction of the Agency,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA.
Charlie has been selected as a Connecticut Super Lawyer every year since 2006. Due to his extensive pro bono work, he has been included on the Connecticut Bar Association’s annual Pro Bono Honor Roll numerous times. In 2008, Charlie received the Robert G. Krause Pro Bono Award from the Greenwich Probate Court. In April 2011, the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies awarded Charlie the 2011 Connecticut Family Champion award in recognition of his work on the Board of FCA.
The Anne C. Cary Volunteerism Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated the highest level of volunteerism on behalf of FCA. The award is named in honor of Anne Cary, who has been involved in every aspect of volunteerism at the Agency for more than 25 years. Anne was also a Board member during the 1990’s and currently serves on its Advisory Board.
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Local Organizations Donate to FCA Back to School Supply Drive
Organizations and friends of Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) have donated school supplies to clients of FCA for the upcoming school year. The Service League of Boys (SLOBs) of New Canaan, the Sciarretta and Lord Families of Wilton, FactSet Research Systems, Professional Media Group, LLC (PMG), and members of the Agency’s Junior Board of Directors are donating supplies to children involved in a number of programs across the Agency, including Specialized Foster Care, Mentoring, Counseling and the After School Program. Supplies include backpacks, pencils, rulers, notebooks and folders. The youth receiving the supplies range in age from elementary to high school.
Both the Service League of Boys of New Canaan and the Sciarretta and Lord families of Wilton are in their sixth year of donating back to school supplies. The “Tools for School” drive, conducted by the Wilton families, collects backpacks filled with supplies, which are given to sixth grad students in the After School Program. The tradition began when one student in the family began to collect school supplies in lieu of birthday presents six years ago. In its second year, FactSet Research Systems had a “giving tree” with over 100 request tags for employees to take. When assembled together, the donations create over 50 backpacks filled with supplies. For the first time, employees of PMG of Norwalk are donating supplies with a corporate matching grant for all supplies donated. Likewise, members of the FCA’s Junior Board will be donating additional supplies at their next meeting.
“We are so thankful to the Service League of Boys, Sciarretta and Lord families and FactSet Research Systems for their continued support, and to PMG for joining the back to school drive this year,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO. “These donations will be greatly appreciated by both the students who will use them and the parents who may be struggling to afford them.”
Many of us take for granted having back to school supplies. These supplies not only allow students to be prepared to be successful in the school year, but an opportunity to fit in with their peers and take on the school year with confidence.
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