Child and Family Guidance Center receives $94,000 in grants

Sara Witherington, Director of the Child and Family Guidance Center’s Foster Grandparent Program

Sara Witherington, Director of the Child and Family Guidance Center’s Foster Grandparent Program

The Child and Family Guidance Center is pleased to announce that they are the recipient of $94,000 from United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. This support helps to fuel the Child and Family Guidance Center’s long-standing Foster Grandparent Program for the 2015/2016 school year.

The Child & Family Guidance Center’s Foster Grandparent Program places volunteers in Fairfield County schools to mentor and tutor children. The grant from United Way of Coastal Fairfield County will send 42 foster grandparent volunteers to public schools in Bridgeport and Norwalk, where they will support academic and social development to third grade students.

The Foster Grandparent volunteers will be assisting pre-identified children in 25 Schools of Hope. Schools of Hope are a group of elementary schools in Fairfield County partnered with the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County dedicated to ensure that their students are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Each volunteer dedicates 20 hours every week of the academic school year in a School of Hope, working one on one with students under an assignment plan created by a teacher.

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County has provided funding to the Foster Grandparent Program since 2009. This year, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County awarded $84,000 for 20 volunteers to provide weekly support in Schools of Hope Classrooms in Bridgeport. The organization then provided an additional $10,000 for the Foster Grandparents Program to expand into Norwalk Public Schools.

Sara Witherington, Director of the Child and Family Guidance Center’s Foster Grandparent Program, commented: “We are thrilled that United Way of Coastal Fairfield County supports and believes in our program. The impact that our volunteers make is incredible — with at least 80% of the children with a foster grandparent tutor showing academic improvement and/or improvement in social skills. Our partnership with United Way of Coastal Fairfield County helps make this possible.”

About The Child & Family Guidance Center

The mission of The Child and Family Guidance Center (CFGC) is to promote positive child development and the emotional well-being of children, as well as to empower families to provide a nurturing caring and safe haven for children to grow and mature. Founded in 1925, CFGC served over 3,100 children and families over the last year alone. CFGC’s main office is in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and also operates clinics in Fairfield, Norwalk, and Stratford. CFGC’s nineteen programs include the Child Guidance Clinic (outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment), Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (community based crisis intervention), various intensive in-home services, the Foster Grandparent Program, Care Coordination and the Nurturing Families Network. For more information, visit www.cfguidance.org.

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