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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


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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!




FCA Incorporates Parents as Teachers Program into Prevention Services

This fall, Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) introduced a new program, Parents as Teachers (PAT), as part of its Family Support & Prevention services. PAT is a voluntary family education and support program based on the philosophy that parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers. PAT staff work with families prenatally until children enter Kindergarten and provides the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the critical early development years. PAT is funded by The Grossman Family Foundation.

“We are thankful to The Grossman Family Foundation for making the Parents as Teachers program possible and recognizing FCA as a leader in providing support to children and their families from birth through college or career,” said Robert F. Cashel, FCA President & CEO.

“The early years of a child’s life lay the foundation for their success in school and in life,” says Mary Kate Locke, Director of Prevention Services at FCA.

FCA’s Family Support & Prevention services provide support and guidance to more than 1,500 parents and their young children through the Nurturing Family Network, Fatherhood Initiative, Maternal Outreach and Mentoring Service (MOMS) Program, Healthy Start, Child FIRST, the Help Me Grow initiative and Parents as Teachers (PAT). The program’s trained staff educates parents so they can build a strong foundation for their family’s growth. All programs are offered free of charge in English and Spanish to interested families in the Greater Norwalk area.

FCA Honors DCF Commissioner and Longtime Board Member at Annual Meeting

Family & Children’s Agency held its Annual Meeting on Oct. 7, 2015 at Oak Hills on the Green in Norwalk. At the meeting, FCA honored Joette Katz, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children & Families (DCF) and Board member Virgina Martin for their work in strengthening families and volunteerism, respectively.

Family Strengthening Award

Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) awarded Joette Katz, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), with the Family Strengthening Award at its annual meeting, held October 7 at Oak Hills on the Green in Norwalk. DCF has custody and guardianship for over 4,000 children and oversees services to 36,000 children and 16,000 families. The Commissioner is credited with changing the culture of DCF by reducing the overreliance on congregate care. FCA’s Specialized Foster Care program is honored to partner with DCF as we continue to support families and find permanency for Connecticut’s youth.

Joette Katz, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, accepts the  FCA Family Strengthening Award with FCA President & CEO Robert F. Cashel.

Joette Katz, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, accepts the Family Strengthening Award with FCA President & CEO Robert F. Cashel.

“This award means an enormous amount to me,” said Commissioner Katz as she accepted her award at the annual meeting. “Together, we changed the system and it’s with the help of your organization. You’re serving these children and families and making them whole again.”

During her time in this role, Commissioner Katz has reduced the reliance on congregate care by 60 percent. “Children should eat breakfast in the morning with the same person who put them to bed the night before. It’s about staying home, going home and finding home.”

“FCA is thrilled to present Commissioner Katz with the Family Strengthening Award, and we thank her for her incredible leadership and commitment to youth throughout out state,” said Robert F. Cashel, FCA President & CEO.

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.

Anne C. Cary Volunteerism Award

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Board of Directors member Virginia Martin (far right) accepts the Anne C. Cary Volunteerism Award with FCA President & CEO Robert F. Cashel and Board of Directors member KathleenP. Murphy.

Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) presented Board member Virginia (Ginny) Martin with the Anne C. Cary Volunteerism Award at its annual meeting, held October 7 at Oak Hills on the Green in Norwalk. Ginny has been involved with FCA for more than 35 years. She began volunteering in 1980, and eventually joined the Board of Directors in 1994. She has since served on countless committees, including the Development Committee, Benefit Committee, Advocacy Committee, Board Development & Nominating Committee.

“Ginny is a true ambassador of FCA,” said former Board Chair Kathleen P. Murphy, who presented the award. “She continuously keeps the Agency on the forefront of her mind and encourages her network of friends to become involved. We are thankful for her continued commitment and dedication.”

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, Ginny assists programs throughout FCA, including families in FCA’s Prevention services, donating clothing to homeless adults and helping to sponsor events for Specialized Foster Care youth. She is incredibly loyal and makes every attempt to attend all meetings, informational tours and special events. Outside of FCA, Ginny is involved with the Christian Counseling Center, Darien-Rowayton Garden Club, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and, most notably, Darien’s Children’s Aid for 27 years. Ginny currently lives in Norwalk with her husband, Bob.

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 C. Cary, who was involved in every aspect of volunteerism at the Agency for more than 25 years. Anne was also a Board member during the 1990’s.

Family & Children’s Agency Hosts 20th Anniversary of Golf Classic

Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) hosted the 20th anniversary of its annual Golf Classic on Sep. 14, 2015 at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield. The golf tournament raised more than $100,000 for FCA’s client services. The event’s Co-Chairs, Jamie Bergin, Mark Brown, Peter Murphy and Bill Webster, have been longtime supporters of both FCA and the Golf Classic.

“The 20th anniversary of the Golf Classic was an enormous success,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “The Golf Classic is one of the Agency’s largest annual fundraisers. FCA is grateful to the supporters of this year’s event, and we’re proud to say that 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to helping those we serve.”

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the event, FCA recognized several longtime supporters of the Golf Classic, including Bill Webster, Peter Murphy, Mark Brown and William O. Murphy, who was represented by his son, Jimmy Murphy.

Corporate sponsors for the golf outing included 3D Asset Management, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Bloomberg Tradebook, CBP, cg42, Deutsche Bank, Glen Gate Company, Goldman Sachs, HSBC Markets, Johnston Asset Management Corporation, Maplewood Senior Living, McMahon Ford of Norwalk, MJP Wealth Advisors, Morgan Stanley, People’s United Bank, Peterson Engineering Group, Piper Jaffray & Co., RBS, Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, State Street Global Markets, Stein I Troost architecture, LLC, UBS, Weeden & CO. LP. Individual sponsors included Tammy and Mark Brown, the Chapeys, Jill and Alex Dimitrief, Jay and Mark Lux, Kathleen and Peter Murphy, William O. Murphy and friends of FCA.


FCA Ranked a Top Work Place by Hearst Media Services

Family & Children’s Agency is thrilled to be named a Top Work Place for 2015 by Hearst Media Services. Companies are recognized as a Top Work Place based solely on surveys completed by their employees, which measure qualities such as company leadership, growth, opportunity, training, flexibility, compensation and benefits. TWP_Connecticut_South_2015_AW


FCA Students Complete Summer Internship with Glen Gate Company

For the third year in a row, Glen Gate Company has offered two internships to FCA youth during the summer months. The Wilton-based landscaping company is a longtime supporter of Family & Children’s Agency (FCA). Two high school students in the ASPIRE high school component worked in the Glen Gate office gaining hands-on, real world job experience. This internship directly correlates to ASPIRE’s goal; to help students successfully transition into high school and higher education. Untitled

“It is gratifying to me to see FCA in action and young lives being changed with new experiences,” said Jordy Scott, Managing Partner with Glen Gate Company and FCA Board member. “I see our Glen Gate Summer Internship as a small part of FCA’s larger vision, and I hope other companies in the area follow our lead.”

The ASPIRE program, formerly known as the After School Program, includes middle school, high school and summer enrichment components. The middle school component includes an after school program throughout the school year for 50 Norwalk students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade. The program, based on the Norwalk Community College campus, provides academic support and character building activities. The high school component works with an additional 47 students who have successfully transitioned from middle school as they continue their journey to graduation. The summer enrichment program provides a six-week program to middle school students during the summer months to prevent the summer learning slide.

“FCA greatly appreciates the opportunities Glen Gate has offered to youth in our community these past three years,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “Many of the students in the ASPIRE program, and other FCA programs, face a variety of barriers to success. This job experience is   valuable to ensure students remain engaged and motivated to continue with their education.”

Back to School Drive a Huge Success!

Thank you to the Friends of FCA for participating in our first “Done in a Day” project! Volunteers of all ages came together and sorted through school supplies for students and personal care kits for homeless adults. In total, FCA will distribute over 125 backpacks filled with school supplies and more than 50 personal care kits. Website

FCA would like to thank Erin Vincent for her help in coordinating the day’s event, and FactSet Research Systems, the New Canaan Service League of Boys, Tauck World of Giving, the Sciaretta and Lord Families, Morgan Stanley and other friends of FCA for their time and support.

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