BENEFITING: Family & Children's Aid (FCA)
EVENT DATE: May 03, 2013
December 14, 2012 has forever changed our community.
Early that Friday afternoon, our Executive and Medical Director Dr. Jennings received a call requesting Family & Children's Aid (FCA) staff members provide crisis support. A team of FCA staff immediately set out to the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department. Bearing witness to the magnitude of grief and trauma, it became clear that that the urgency for our services increased significantly. That evening, FCA partnered with Wellmore and Danbury Hospital to organize the crisis support center at Newtown's Reed Intermediate School. To date, FCA continues to provide compassionate care to more than 1,750 Newtown residents.
We believe the power of play can heal children.
For FCA, the work in Newtown is just beginning. Trauma-informed care is at the core of our therapeutic approach. We have introduced the "Life is Good Playmaker" therapeutic playgroups to the children most impacted by this tragedy. These children who have witnessed unspeakable terror now come together to engage playfully and recapture the essential components of a healthy childhood — safety, joy and love. Children whose bond was the horror of that day are creating new bonds through play and joy. It will be a long process, but the work has begun.
Family & Children’s Aid was at Sandy Hook within hours of when the terror began. We will continue to be there for these children as long as they need us.
FCA is relying on the genrosity of our community to provide this long term care.
The funds raised will be used to support the work being done for children and families of Newtown. We have made a commitment to those devastated by this tragedy to provide ongoing care at no charge.