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Family Enrichment

This is a Department of Children and Families- funded program tasked with the mission of improving and maintaining parenting skills provided to children through the delivery of services that are home-based, strength-focused and delivered within a family context. Referrals for this program come through the State of CT Department of Children and Families.

This program utilizes Parent Aides (PA) who are paraprofessionals capable of developing a trusting relationship with the parent. The PA provides support and encouragement, builds self-esteem and helps to reduce the isolation of the client served. Parent Aides may work to engage ‘resistant’ parents and teach parenting skills, advocate for or seek services for a family such as food and housing, establish and reinforce health care needs of a family, or help to ensure that a parent understands and utilizes treatment suggestions provided by other professionals.

Guided with the mission that every child has the right to grow and thrive safely in nurturing homes, the DCF-Parent Aide Program expects to meet this challenge by:

  • improving general parenting skills.
  • teaching and applying child development knowledge.
  • improving parent-child relationships.
  • improving discipline techniques.
  • reinforcing confidence and self-esteem among parents.
  • teaching and practicing basic living skills.
  • engaging families in the use of community resources.
  • promoting substance-free behaviors.
  • promoting sex and child abuse-free family environment.
  • developing a positive social network.

For more information about the Family Enrichment program, please call our office at (860) 757-4819

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Main Office

131 Coventry Street
Hartford CT, 06112
Phone: (860) 757-4700
Fax: (860) 722-6851
8am - 5pm

Community Services Division 

Phone: (860) 757-4730

Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division 

Phone: (860) 757-4830

Fax: (860) 722-6826

Maternal & Child Health Division

(860) 757-4820

Environmental Health Division 

Phone: (860) 757-4760

Fax: (860) 722-6677

HARTFORD CITY HALL ADDRESS: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 PHONE: (860)757-9311 HOURS: 8AM - 5PM