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Darien Group Supports Child & Family Guidance Center On Giving Day

Left to right are Terril Pile, Outpatient Director, Child & Family Guidance Center; Dr. Christopher Bogart, CEO, The Southfield Center for Development; and Michael Patota, President/CEO, Child & Family Guidance Center.
Left to right are Terril Pile, Outpatient Director, Child & Family Guidance Center; Dr. Christopher Bogart, CEO, The Southfield Center for Development; and Michael Patota, President/CEO, Child & Family Guidance Center. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — The Child & Family Guidance Center in Bridgeport has been "adopted" by Dr. Christopher Bogart and Darien-based Southfield Center for Development for Fairfield County’s Giving Day.

Taking place on March 10, Giving Day inspires and empowers our region to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofit organizations in just 24 hours through online donations. The Southfield Center for Development is lending its full support to The Child & Family Guidance Center that day.

Located in Darien, The Southfield Center for Development is a family-centered, interdisciplinary practice dedicated to providing comprehensive evaluation and care across a wide range of ages and challenges. Their team of more than 30 skilled practitioners are trained to provide an integrated approach to learning, emotional, and behavioral issues that children face. The Southfield Center will contribute $500 to The Child & Family Guidance Center on March 10, and will actively encourage its extensive list of clients, staff, and supporters to make donations.

“For the most part, our families are fortunate enough to have the resources to access high-quality mental health and behavioral supports for their children,” Dr. Bogart said. “We have been brainstorming ways that The Southfield Center can support disadvantaged youth. Giving Day is a great opportunity to rally behind a nonprofit that provides services to children we cannot reach. The Child & Family Guidance Center is a perfect match and hopefully this is one of many ways in which we can collaborate.”

The mission of The Child and Family Guidance Center 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, The Child & Family Guidance Center served over 3,100 children and families over the last year alone, largely in the Greater Bridgeport and Greater Norwalk areas. Over 90 percent of the children they serve live in poverty, and 68 percent belong to a minority group. Services are never denied based on an inability to pay.

Most of the families served by The Child & Family Guidance Center struggle with such basic needs as food, clothing and shelter, and many have been adversely impacted by significant trauma. “We are continually inspired by how emotionally strong a struggling family can become when given the types of evidence-based support that we provide,” said Michael Patota, CEO/President of The Child & Family Guidance Center.

“Our work is only possible with the support of our community partners,” Patota said. “We are grateful that Dr. Bogart and The Southfield Center for Development will introduce our nonprofit to people that may be unaware of the critical work we do for children in need. Their financial support and partnership on Giving Day means a great deal to our clients, staff, and board.”

To support The Child & Family Guidance Center on Giving Day, visit www.fcgives.org on March 10

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