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Foster families needed

Family & Children's Agency is hoping to spread awareness of its specialized foster care services and give the 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," Robert F. Cashel, president and CEO of FCA, said.

The program 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 state Department of Children and Families 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. Case workers are actively seeking new foster families to accommodate the many children in need.

Foster parents 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," Debbie Tadduni, director of specialized foster care at FCA, said. "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."

For information, call 203-523-5322 or email Tadduni at dtadduni@fcagency.org.

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