Services and Programs

Note: Services available in English, Spanish and multiple other languages



Adoption Services

Catholic Charities is one of the oldest child-placing agencies in Connecticut. Our Adoption Program is licensed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and provides a full range of services, including homestudies for domestic and special needs adoptions. We also offer search services for adult adoptees interested in learning about, connecting with, or reuniting with their birthparents, an adoption support group for families waiting to adopt, as well as pregnancy counseling services designed to assist birthparents make a sound, appropriate, permanent life plan for their child.
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Basic Needs

When an immediate unexpected crisis prevents families and individuals from functioning, Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, utility assistance, and holiday assistance through emergency case management and advocacy services.
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Behavioral Health Services

Our culturally and linguistically competent outpatient programs for adults, families and children include individual, group and family therapy to address problems associated with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, anger management, trauma, grief and loss, and other mental health issues. We also provide therapy and related victim services to survivors of homicide as part of the Office of Victim Services’ Counseling Services to Families of Homicide Victims Project.
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Childrens Behavioral Health

The Children’s Behavioral Health program provides Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services and Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy.
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Early Childhood

Catholic Charities provides quality, affordable early childhood care and education to children of all races and religions. Our quality programs are licensed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
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Elderly Services

The Senior Centers provide services to individuals 55 years and older. We are committed to assisting seniors by providing enriching and rewarding programs and services to help address their needs, including opportunities to socialize, engage in fun recreation and have new learning experiences.
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ESL Classes

Catholic Charities offers English as a Second Language classes at our Migration, Refugee and Immigration Services location in Hartford.
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Explore Program

The Explore program is a twenty-six week educational program for men who have had multiple arrests for domestic violence incidents. This program educates offenders about the impact of violence on their relationships and helps them to build skills to improve relationships and deal with frustrations without violence. Referrals are made directly from the Family Services Department associated with the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch.
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Family Centers

The Family Centers are built upon the principles of parent empowerment and leadership development with parent-driven advisory councils. They offer children and parents a comprehensive array of programs in a neighborhood-based location that help children to grow and develop, parents to achieve their own personal and educational goals, and families to build stronger communities. Research on the development of resilience suggests this two-generation approach to preventing poverty by focusing on creating optimal conditions to support families and children will reduce stress and deliberately steer childhood development in favorable directions.
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Family Support and Strengthening Services

Services include Family Centers, Fatherhood Support, Parenting Education, Empowering People for Success, and Basic Needs.
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Family Violence Education

The Family Violence Education program provides a nine week educational program to people who have been arrested for domestic violence incidents. This pre-trial diversionary program educates offenders about the impact of violence on their relationships and helps them to build skills to improve relationships and deal with frustrations without violence. Referrals are made directly from The Family Services Department associated with the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch.
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Fatherhood Support

These programs provide resources to help fathers become aware of the important role they play in their children's overall well being and assist fathers in parenting, relationships and economic stability. Services include home visiting services, groups and case management and are available in English and Spanish.
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Fostering Responsibility, Education and Employment (F.R.E.E.)

Fostering Responsibility, Education and Employment (F.R.E.E.) provides reentry services to support adolescents and young adults involved with the juvenile justice system who are returning to their community from out‐of‐home care. The program provides an array of services to support the adolescent's growth in all areas of functioning (e.g., educational/vocational, social, health and employment) as well as providing family‐focused interventions that build on natural supports, by accessing services and opportunities available in the local service continuum.
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Hispanic Elderly Program

Provides culturally competent and specialized mental health interventions along with advocacy, companionship, and case management to Hispanic elderly persons and their families. A full day Senior Center program provides socialization, recreation, nutrition, and health screenings.
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Infant and Toddler Care

We offer an Infant-Toddler Program in Greater Waterbury serving children age 6 weeks to 3 years old.
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Intensive In-home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS)

Catholic Charities provides Intensive In-home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS) and Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) in Greater Hartford.
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Juvenile Justice Involved Youth (JJIE)

Intermediate Evaluation for Juvenile Justice Involved Youth (JJIE) provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, community-based assessment to assist in treatment planning for children and youth, 7 to 19 years old, who are involved in the juvenile justice system. The evaluations are court ordered by the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters or the result of a referral by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.
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Matthew 25 Scholarship

Assists economically disadvantaged Hartford youth in obtaining a private school education. The program fosters educational and social success through financial assistance and mentoring support.
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Migration, Refugee and Immigration Services

At Catholic Charities, our mission to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency and human potential of those in need includes welcoming newcomers to our country. With a variety of multicultural and multilingual services, Catholic Charities offers these new and future citizens support during the long process of adjusting to their new surroundings and becoming active participants in their communities. Our services include Refugee Resettlement, Immigration Services, Employment Services, English as a Second Language classes as well as the unique International Threads and Immigrant and Refugee Artists Cooperative programming which bring together refugee and immigrants with exquisite artisan skills to preserve the artisans' folk and traditional art skills while also providing these artisans with the opportunity to acquire job skills and earn extra income to support their families through the sale of their artwork at local craft fairs, etc.
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Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT)

Catholic Charities provides Intensive In-home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS) and Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) in Greater Hartford.
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Parenting Education

A range of educational and counseling services are provided to assist parents in dealing with challenging issues that might have the potential to disrupt the family. Special programs include Nurturing Families Network and Triple P home visiting programs and groups are offered. Catholic Charities also offers the Parenting Education Program (PEP) designed for parents with active divorce, separation or custody cases in the Family Division of the Connecticut court system and educates participants about the many issues facing children when the structure of the family changes.
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Pre-Trial Drug & Alcohol Education Programs

Catholic Charities offers the Pre-Trial Drug Education Program and Pre-Trial Alcohol Education Services in Hartford. The Pre-Trial Drug Education Program serves adults who are charged for the first time with possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia and Pre-Trial Alcohol Education Services are for adults who are arrested for the first time for driving or boating while intoxicated.
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Pregnancy Counseling

Catholic Charities is one of the oldest private agencies providing pregnancy counseling and adoption services in Connecticut. For over ninety years, we have been dedicated to preserving families and caring for children of all races and religions.
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School Readiness Program

Catholic Charities has been offering full-day, full-year School Readiness programming through the State Department of Education since 1996.
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Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

Catholic Charities provides safe nurturing homes along with day services in which persons with cognitive and developmental disabilities can reach the highest level of independence possible. Our group homes are structured and operated to provide a place for the residents to feel safe and relaxed, to interact with caring people, and to learn new skills. Each home is supervised by trained staff 24 hours/ 7 days a week. We also supervise an apartment for two adult males who work in the community during the day and have a high degree of self-sufficiency. We offer vocational opportunities as well as leisure activities to nonresident adults with cognitive difficulties.
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Social Services Block Grant

This is a program designed to assist individuals and families in Waterbury and Hartford, CT who are in need of behavioral health and psychiatric services and are living under 150% of the federal poverty level. Funded by Connecticut Council of Family Services Agencies through a grant from the Department of Social Services, covered services include psychosocial assessment, psychotherapy, mental health groups, psychiatric evaluations and medication management. The target population is children from birth to adults who have reached 65 years old and who do not have health insurance or whose health insurance does not cover mental health services. Please call for additional information or to see if you qualify for this program: Waterbury (203-755-1196) or Hartford (203-527-1124).
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TANF-Case Management Program

The TANF-Case Management Program is a statewide program designed to assist current and past recipients of Temporary Family Assistance to achieve self-reliance through intensive solution-focused case management and care coordination that identifies and reduces the effects of barriers to sustained employment. The program helps families to become self-sufficient, ensuring that clients have a full set of life skills, assisting clients to achieve the necessary level of education for their desired careers, assisting clients to obtain employment, and minimizing risks to children through improving family safety.
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Youth Services

We offer programs and positive alternatives to at-risk youth in our inner cities.
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