NORWALK, CT - The holiday season, while a time of great happiness for some, can mean loneliness or sadness for many others. This is particularly true for children in foster care who may not know the comfort of the family unit or joy of opening gifts. This holiday season, Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) is hoping to spread awareness of its Specialized Foster Care services and give these children a positive experience of the holidays.
“The holidays are typically a difficult time of the year for those in foster care because they haven’t had the same family experiences that many of us have had,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA.
Specialized Foster Care at FCA includes Medically Complex and Therapeutic services for youth with extreme medical or emotional issues. In addition, the Agency was awarded a grant last year by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to begin a new component for children who are experiencing extreme behavioral or emotional problems. The new program component, Family and Community Ties, provides alternatives to, and transitions from, residential placement facilities for foster children. Family and Community Ties case workers are actively seeking new foster families to accommodate the many foster children in need.
Foster parents in the Specialized Foster Care program with FCA receive extensive training, ongoing support, a monthly stipend and access to special services for children, including recreation, respite care, networking and support opportunities through other foster families.
“Families help heal the broken hearts of children,” said Debbie Tadduni, Director of Specialized Foster Care at FCA. “A loving family is the greatest gift you can give a child, especially during the holidays. These children need structure, stability, security, and an opportunity to succeed.”