Programs that Benefit Children

Family Enrichment Services Parent Aide Program

Family Enrichment Services provides home-based education to Hartford, West Hartford, Windsor, and Bloomfield families. In an effort to engage parents in improved outcomes for their children, Family Enrichment Specialists perform weekly educational visits for four months. The goal is to empower “at risk” families to effectively care for and support their children.

Contact: Patricia Berky and Diana Thibodeau 860-714-4765

Greater Hartford Children’s Advocacy Center

The Greater Hartford Children’s Advocacy Center at Saint Francis is a safe place where children who are suspected victims of sexual abuse can get the support and treatment they need at the same time evidence is gathered to bring their abusers to justice. The Center serves parents, caregivers, and children from birth to age 17. In addition, various municipal police departments and Connecticut State Police troops collaborate with the Center’s services.

Contact: Regina Dyton • 860-714-5052

Hartford Healthy Start Program

Healthy Start is a program for women before, during, and after their pregnancy, and their infants until they reach the age of 2. Care coordinators offer support to low-income women from Hartford to help families provide a healthy environment for their new child. Services include health education, maternity preparation, depression screenings, emotional and physical support, community services, advocacy, and referrals.

Contact: Yesenia Acosta • 860-714-7520

Hartford Regional Lead Treatment Center

Healthy Homes Program

The Healthy Homes Program provides safe housing for families and children at risk for, or diagnosed with, lead poisoning. Services include blood testing, developmental and behavioral screening, and environmental assessment. Staff also provide coordination of services, referrals, clinical treatment and education about lead poisoning.

Contact: Amparo Roman • 860-525-1834

Kids In Safety Seats-CT Program KISS

The KISS-CT hosts car seat check-up events and classes throughout the year to provide education to the community on how to correctly restrain and protect children in the car. At these events, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians provide free car seat safety education to caregivers, show them how to install the car seat, and ensure that they know how to correctly restrain their children in the seat. If for some reason a caregiver cannot afford a car seat, one is provided to them.

Contact: Marisol Feliciano • 860-714-5525 English • 860-714-7077 Spanish

Let’s Not Meet By Accident Program (LNMBA)

The LNMBA is a comprehensive Community Outreach educational program that encourages adolescents to make “healthy choices in risky situations.” This is an interactive, hands-on program which starts at the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center helipad. The participants move into the Emergency Department Trauma Resuscitation Room to observe a “mock” trauma lead by a trauma surgeon. The students are then debriefed, and participate in exercises that provide tools for them to make healthier choices. The program is concluded with a question and answer period with hands on exercises so that all are able to reflect on their experience. For more information visit 

Contact: Marisol Feliciano • 860-714-5525 English • 860-714-7077 Spanish

Medical Legal Partnership Project (MLPP)

The Medical-Legal Partnership Project (MLPP) provides interdisciplinary legal intervention on behalf of children and families at risk served by Saint Francis Hospital’s Pediatrics and Family Medicine Departments to improve health outcomes. The MLPP attorney works with clinicians to identify legal issues that are affecting children’s health, and provide information, advice, support, and legal intervention on-site.

Contact: Jay Sicklick • 860-714-1412

Nurturing Families Network

Nurturing Families Network is a free, voluntary, intensive support program for prenatal and first-time parents residing in Hartford, Windsor, and Bloomfield. The program helps parents develop and enhance parenting skills and reduce stress factors in their lives. Home visitors provide social support, teach parents about child development and child-rearing practices, and assist parents in identifying resources in the community.

Contact: Jesusita de Pedro • 860-714-6968 • Nichole Bernier • 860-714-6967

Women’s Auxiliary - Repetitions Thrift Shop

The Repetitions Thrift Shop is open to the public three days a week (Wednesday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm). It is staffed fully by volunteers, and offers pre-owned clothing and household materials for purchase. The Shop is also used by social work staff to assist patients who are transitioning from hospital care to home with clothing and other needed support.

Contact: 860-714-4125