The Challenges

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CHALLENGES for 21st CENTURY KIDS

  • Bullying: No longer limited to school…Cyber bullying is pushing kids over the edge. The suicide rate among teenagers has reached an all-time high.
  •  Mental Health: kids are suffering in silence plagued by anxiety, depression, trauma, gun violence, and societal pressures.  Without help, they end up isolating.  Isolation leads to anger, resentment…and often ends in violence.
  • Racial and cultural disparity.
  • Too many external pressures, not enough time to just be a kid
  • Loss of personal connections with others: kids communicate via text, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and many other apps.  Face to face interaction is limited.
  • Schools focus on physical health education and virtually neglect mental health issues.
  • Some kids might be encouraged to ask for help, but there aren’t enough qualified resources available to address all the needs.

CHALLENGES FOR 21ST CENTURY FAMILIES

  • Instilling family values and encouraging human connections takes a back seat to the increasing pressures born by families headed by single parents living pay check to pay check.
  • Racial and cultural disparity.
  • The daily media commercialization of violence in our towns, states, country and world causes endless stress and trauma.
  • Difficulty navigating the education system to advocate for their child’s needs.
  • Addiction continues to be a national health crisis. More people die a year from drug over dose than died in the entire Viet Nam War.
  • The stigma around mental health issues causes too many to suffer in silence.

 

The Solutions

SOLUTIONS FOR 21ST CENTURY KIDS AND FAMILIES

  • COMPASSION          
  • RACIAL EQUITY       
  • CULTURAL AWARENESS
  • TIME        
  • TRUST     
  • EARLY INTERVENTION             
  • LOVE
  • COMMUNICATION          
  • HUMANIZATION    

Every day in CT, children and entire families fall through the cracks.  Those cracks are education, addiction, unemployment, racial inequity, oppression, violence, fear, and hopelessness. 

We, as a society, as communities, must begin to help fill in the cracks of our communities, by extending a helping hand out of compassion and understanding.  When you help from a place of love, and not from a funding source or by checking a box, real change happens.  Relationships are built on trust and mutual respect.

Empowering Children and Families was born out of experience working with children and families whose needs weren’t being met. A dedicated and compassionate group of people decided to join forces and build an organization to help kids and families. It was and is the right thing to do.

Our mission is to help children and families construct and sustain a healthy foundation for the future.  We do this by taking the time to establish trust and build a collaborative relationship.  Many parents are too afraid to ask for help and if they do, they cycle through program after program with little to no progress.  ECF makes a difference with families by providing a comprehensive “roadmap” unique to each family’s strengths and challenges that is culturally responsive.  The roadmap engages the entire family, requires demonstrated positive improvement, and provides much needed supports in the areas of mental health, education, social and emotional development, and family values.

Make An Impact

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CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO

With an initial investment from Fidelity Charitable Trust, ECF has demonstrated the effectiveness of an holistic approach to family centered mental health and well-being.  From its inception, ECF has chosen to operate outside the state systems of funding.   This strategy leaves us free from governmental bureaucracy and political agendas. 

100 % of Empowering Children and Families funding comes from individual donors, community foundations, and corporate partners.  

In addition to financial support, ECF also needs volunteer mentors, educational advocates and tutors.