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Family & Children’s Agency Announces New Board Chair


Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) announces the selection of four new members of its Board of Directors as well as the new appointment of Board Chair, Lisa Lillie, at the Agency’s 2016 Annual Meeting.


Lillie, has been an active FCA Board member and volunteer since 2013, supporting the finance and governance committees, and most recently serving as committee co-chair for the Agency’s annual fundraising event, IMAGINE. “I am looking forward to continuing to support the Agency in such a significant leadership role,” said Lillie, as she official addressed Agency stakeholders, at the organization’s annual meeting.

Along with Lillie, four new members joined the Agency’s Board of Directors, Audrey Andrew, David Barnard, Susan Beyman and Noelle Hughes. “All four of our newest Board members bring a special and unique level of volunteerism, dedication and passion for community work. We are excited to have them offer their talents and i leadership to Family & Children’s Agency,” said Robert Cashel, FCA President & CEO.

Audrey Andrew, a real estate professional who lives in Wilton with her family. Andrew has experience managing hospitality reconstructions and operations for top companies in New York City and has spent the past several years doing volunteer work with local education organizations, community sports and pet rescue charities. Like Lillie, Andrew was involved in IMAGINE 2016, and through her work was compelled to connect and serve with the Agency on a deeper level. In addition to her new Board role, Andrew will serve as committee co-chair for the 2017 fundraiser.

David Barnard is Head of Bernstein Private Wealth Management and prior to assuming his current role, spent 15 years with the Sanford C. Bernstein institutional research group, as the global Head of Sales. Living in New Canaan with his family, Barnard connected with FCA in 2009 as a volunteer helping with collections for foster care families, as well as preparing holiday meal baskets for Agency clients. Barnard also supported the Agency, serving on the 2016 golf fundraising initiative committee.

Also joining the Board is Susan Beyman, retired attorney and active local volunteer. Susan and her husband live in Norwalk and have been supporters of the Agency FCA since 2012. In addition to supporting multiple Agency fundraising events, the Beyman family helped to support the growth of FCA’s ASPIRE after school program.

Noelle Hughes lives in New Canaan with her family and has been an active volunteer in the Norwalk area for the last two decades. Most recently working with the Darien YWCA and Norwalk Hospital, Hughes began as a volunteer for the Agency’s annual fundraiser in 2016 and was inspired to work more closely with the organization.

The full slate of 2016-2017 FCA Board Members can be found here.


A Taste of Fairfield County

img_9641Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) invites you to A Taste of Fairfield County, an evening of food and drink from local restaurants at Aitoro in Norwalk. The event, hosted by FCA’s Junior Board of Advisors, will be held Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 and will benefit FCA’s ASPIRE after school program’s high school component. (more…)



Join us for the MINKS TO SINKS Fall Sale.

Consider donating or cosigning your gently used items. (more…)

Adoption Education: Birth Parent Panel


Thursday, November 10th
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

140 Water St. Norwalk, CT


Family & Children’s Agency Awarded Grant to Support Norwalk Youth

For Immediate Release

(NORWALK, July 25, 2016) –

Family & Children’s Agency Awarded Grant to Support Norwalk YouthASPIREmardi-gras


Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) received a $38,000 Youth Success grant from The Community Fund of Darien, to support the Agency’s ASPIRE after school program, which provides academic enrichment and career development activities to middle and high school students.

FCA’s ASPIRE program supports middle and high school students by promoting academic success and positive youth development.  Located at Norwalk Community College (NCC), as a part of FCA and NCC’s joint partnership, more than 50 students participate in the program each year. In 2014 alone, 94% of the eighth grade students in the ASPIRE after school program earned above average grades in their math and language arts classes.

“There are so many success stories from the youth in our ASPIRE program but there is more work to be done,” said Robert Cashel, FCA President & CEO. “This grant will allow our staff to continue educating our students with the progressive training and resources needed for success in our ever-changing society.”

Currently, ASPIRE youth are participating in FCA’s full-day summer enrichment program. Middle school students are learning about the country’s five regions for the “Road Trip Across the USA” program theme and high school students are gaining hands-on experience with personal banking and managing non-emergency and emergency medical situations.


About Family & Children’s Agency: Family & Children’s Agency is a leading non-profit, 501(c)(3) human service organization that is committed to increasing the social and emotional well-being of our clients.  We provide strength-based, solution focused services that respond to the needs of more than 12,000 individuals – children and families, youth, adults, and seniors. For more information, please go to

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Brandi Bufford

Family & Children’s Agency Celebrates Foster Care Graduates


High school graduation marks a pivotal time in a child’s life. This accomplishment is the official transition from childhood to adulthood. This year, Family & Children’s Agency honored more than a dozen foster care students for their successful completion of high school—despite the obstacles that have stood in their way. (more…)

FCA Awards College Scholarship at IMAGINE 2016 Benefit

IMG_2941Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) held their annual spring benefit IMAGINE, in May at The Loading Dock in Stamford. This year as an Agency first, two high school seniors from the Agency’s ASPIRE after-school program were awarded $10,000 scholarships and $1,000 book stipends, funded by board member Sharon Sullivan and her husband, Jeff Kindler. (more…)

Rita Marber and Jan Glorie Acknowledged as 2016 Family Champions


Each year, the Connecticut Council of Service Agencies “recognizes individuals from each member agency who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to strengthen and support families in Connecticut.”

This year, two individuals from Family & Children’s Agency were presented with this prestigious award for their hard-work and dedication to Agency initiatives; FCA board member Rita Marber and Jan Glorie, FCA’s Manger of Information Technology. (more…)

Learn more about attending our Golf & Tennis Classic!

Golf & Tennis Classic

2016 Golf & Tennis Classic, Monday, September 12, 2016

Brooklawn Country Club

500 Algonquin Rd, Fairfield, CT

Golf Classic

yay-10006046-digitalThe 21st annual Golf Classic will begin with lunch at the grill and is followed by a round of golf at one of the premier private clubs in Fairfield County, Brooklawn Country Club. The majestic club features an 18-hole bent grass course with slight hills and water hazards at several holes. After golf, relax in the clubhouse or on the veranda and enjoy conversation with fellow players as cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres are served. A raffle and brief awards ceremony will top off the day.


▪ Registration & Warm-Up: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
▪ Lunch: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
▪ Shotgun Start: 12:30 p.m.
▪ Cocktails, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres and Awards Presentation: 5:00 p.m.




Women’s Tennis ClassicPlaying tennis, summertime saturated theme

The annual Women’s Tennis Classic will begin with a light breakfast and a round-robin tournament follows. After playing, relax and mingle with fellow guests while enjoying lunch on the patio. A raffle and brief awards ceremony will top off the morning.


▪ Registration & Light Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
▪ Play Begins: 9:30 a.m.
▪ Lunch, Raffle and Awards Presentation: 12:00 p.m.



FCA’s Golf & Tennis Classic Packet

2016 Golf Classic Registration 

2016 Tennis Classic Registration 

View the event photo gallery here.

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