Save the Date! IMAGINE 2014: A Night on Broadway will be held May 17!
It’s opening night, the velvet rope is lined with photographers, and the marquee is shining just a bit brighter. You look up and in big, bold letters it reads, “IMAGINE 2014: A Night on Broadway.”
The curtain rises on May 17 for Family & Children’s Agency’s annual Benefit, which will pay homage to New York City’s celebrated theater district. Spare yourself the hustle and bustle of 42nd St. and join us for an evening of dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions.
IMAGINE 2014 is sure to be a night of critical acclaim. We hope you’ll join us.
IMAGINE 2014: A Night on Broadway
Woodway Country Club, 540 Hoyt Street, Darien, CT, 06820
Saturday, May 17, 2014
6:30 p.m. Cocktails and Silent Auction
8:00 p.m. Dinner, Dancing, Live Auction
Black Tie Optional
Learn more about unique sponsorship opportunities, donating an auction item or advertising in the Benefit program.
Minks to Sinks Gives Its Largest Donation in the Auxiliary’s History to Family & Children’s Agency
Minks to Sinks, the Wilton Auxiliary of Family & Children’s Agency (FCA), gave its largest donation in the auxiliary’s history to FCA at its annual kick-off meeting, held Jan. 29 at Trackside in Wilton. The auxiliary organization,
From left to right, outgoing 2013 Minks to Sinks Chair Meg Campbell, outgoing 2013 Minks to Sinks Chair and FCA Board of Directors member Trish Weber, Minks to Sinks Treasurer Yolanda Bonomo, FCA President & CEO Robert F. Cashel and FCA Board Chairman Julene Greenshields.
which has been in existence since 1931, has a longstanding tradition of supporting FCA. Meg Campbell and Trish Weber, outgoing chairs of Minks to Sinks, presented the donation of $100,000 to FCA President & CEO Robert F. Cashel at the organization’s annual meeting. Including this gift, Minks to Sinks has donated $120,000 to FCA this fiscal year.
Minks to Sinks hosts two semiannual tag sales in May and in October each year in Wilton. The event has taken place since 1931, and the name was derived in 1952 when one volunteer donated a mink, and another a sink. Volunteers donate a variety of household items, clothing, furniture, and toys for consignment. Today, the sales bring out nearly 200 volunteers from the community, many of whom have been involved in Minks to Sinks for over 30 years. The sales are held at the intersection of Route 7 and School Road in Wilton under the tents, and volunteers can be found wearing the red, white, and blue striped aprons.
“FCA would like to thank Minks to Sinks for their recent donation and their hard work yearlong to support the Agency’s work with the more than 10,000 children, families, youth, adults and seniors we help each year,” said Robert F. Cashel. “
The next Minks to Sinks sale will be held May 2-4, 2014. To learn more about Minks to Sinks, visit www.MinkstoSinks.info.
Family & Children’s Agency Receives a Grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation for Inter-Agency Tech Collaborative
Family & Children’s Agency (FCA), along with Family Centers of Greenwich and FSW of Bridgeport, is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF) for the Fairfield County Information Technology Collaborative (FCITC). The Collaborative is a partnership between these three nationally accredited family services agencies to create a shared technology platform. Ultimately, the goal is to enhance the client experience, improve performance and develop best practices for the 45,000 area residents they collectively reach each year. This initiative will strengthen each organization’s position as a leader in social and mental health services throughout Fairfield County. The grant will support the Collaborative and will equally benefit the service delivery of the three agencies.
(left to right) Dr. William Hass, President & CEO of FSW, Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA, and Robert M. Arnold, President & CEO of Family Centers.
“FCA is grateful for its longstanding partnership with FCCF and their support of the inter-agency IT Collaborative,” said Robert. F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “This grant will support the continued work of the Collaborative to work toward delivering high-quality, cost-effective and outcome-driven programming.”
FCITC is concluding its first phase of implementation, which included the customization of software and supporting systems. This initial collaboration has provided each partner agency with a client management database, electronic medical records and new financial management tools. The second phase of FCITC is centered on projects that will integrate and upgrade IT infrastructure and operations across the three agencies into a shared model.
The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded $151 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, please visit www.fccfoundation.org.
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.
Family & Children’s Agency Offers Tax Preparation Assistance
Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) is a designated site in Norwalk for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program this upcoming tax season. The VITA Program is part of a nationwide initiative sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and provides free income tax preparation to low-to-moderate individuals and families earning less than $52,000 a year. VITA volunteers play a critical role in ensuring that all Connecticut families can access valuable tax credits without paying high fees. Volunteers will serve residents of the greater Norwalk area and work on-site at FCA. FCA is part of a VITA Program coalition, sponsored by the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS), which coordinates VITA campaigns across Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield Counties.
IRS-trained volunteers are certified to prepare basic tax returns using TaxWise Online software. VITA sites also connect families to programs and services that can help them to maximize their tax refunds, such as matched savings programs, budget coaching, financial education, and benefits screenings.
Tax preparation appointments are available on Thursdays between 5-9 p.m. from Jan. 30-April 3 at FCA’s 140 Water St. location in Norwalk. To make an appointment, please contact Dijuana Jordan, (203) 523-5723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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Location: 9 Mott Avenue, 4th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06850
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Registration: Register online or Contact Mary Kate Locke at (203) 523-5754 or via email at email@example.com.
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Location: 151 New Park Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Registration: Register online or contact Jane Coughlin at (860) 586-2365 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Taste of Fairfield County Raises over $8,000 for Homeless Services
(Left to right) Robert F. Cashel, FCA President & CEO, with Junior Board of Directors Co-Chairs Kristin McClutchy, Doug Stern and Victorai Whitehead
On Nov. 21, the Junior Board of Directors at Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) hosted A Taste of Fairfield County at Aitoro Appliances to benefit Homeless Services. In addition to great food, live music and raffles, guests were able to hear from Homeless Services staff members about the work they do and the struggles their clients face. Many guests also donated nonperishable food items for clients. Nearly 140 guests came out to support the Agency and over $8,000 was raised to support the Agency’s Homeless Services.
“A Taste of Fairfield County was a great success, and we are extremely appreciative of all the hard work from our Junior Board of Directors in organizing this event,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “The holidays are fast approaching, and this event was a reminder to many that as we gather around our table with family and friends, we should also give back to those who may be less fortunate.”
Five chefs, A Dash of Salt Catering, Cappriccio Café, Jeff’s BBQ & Catering, The Kiddie Kitchen and Paella, prepared food in the kitchens of Aitoro Appliances. The Brownie Factory, DiMare Pastry Shop, Diageo, Norwalk Community College and The Village Market also donated food and beverages, and FactSet Research Systems was a sponsor.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
FactSet Research Systems
A Dash of Salt
The Kiddie Kitchen
The Brownie Factory, LLC
Di Mare Pastry Shop
Norwalk Community College
Jill and Alex Dimitrief
Kris and Jeff Heryln
Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning
Ginny & Bob Martin
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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