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Norwalk Foster Care Agency Takes Teens On College Tour

Family & Children’s Agency staff and Specialized Foster Care youth make a stop at Six Flags on the Agency’s first youth college tour.
Family & Children’s Agency staff and Specialized Foster Care youth make a stop at Six Flags on the Agency’s first youth college tour. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. – Staff at the Specialized Foster Care of Family & Children’s Agency recently took 21 youth on a college tour to visit various school campuses and national landmarks.

This college tour is the first of its kind for FCA clients and, for many of the youth involved, their first time visiting a college campus. The trip was both eye-opening and educational, allowing these students to envision the future they want for themselves.

“The college tour provided a very meaningful experience for the youth in FCA’s Specialized Foster Care program,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “I would like to congratulate the Specialized Foster Care program staff for their time and dedication to the youth in our program.”

The students visited various colleges including Coppin State University, Morgan State University and Towson University. Site-seeing was also incorporated into the trip, as students and staff visited the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. Students also had an opportunity to have some fun with a trip to Six Flags. For many, this was their first time being out of state, staying in a hotel, visiting a landmark or even going to an amusement park.

Specialized Foster Care at FCA 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 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.

To learn more about Specialized Foster Care programs, contact Debbie Tadduni, Director, Specialized Foster Care, at 203-523-5322 or at dtadduni@fcagency.org .

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