As the coordinating unit of community-based services for youth and families in Haddam and Killingworth, we’ve seen there are no limits to what can be accomplished when we all work together to advance for the common good.
About 50 years ago, municipalities in Connecticut began creating Youth Service Bureaus (YSBs) to address growing youth problems, including crime, family crises, school truancy, and substance abuse. In 1975 Public Act No. 75-487 established YSBs as a permanent part of the service delivery system for youth and families within what is now the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
Since then, YSBs such as ours have been asked to play a growing role in the community. This includes providing positive youth development, bullying prevention, and mentoring programs, as well as acting as a Juvenile Review Board that gives young offenders the opportunity to make things right without going to Juvenile Court. We act as a service bridge among families, police departments, school systems, human service departments, mental health delivery systems, and the DCF.
In 2022, the HKYFS Board of Directors hired the Haddam-based Strategic Planning Company Build Your Plan Now, LLC to guide the desired future and focus of the agency for the next 3-5 years. Interviews with community stakeholders and a community survey were conducted to help determine a common vision and direction for the agency.
The community survey responses ranked the most critical services offered by HKYFS as:
The community response to the level of concern regarding issues impacting YOUTH
Through this feedback, the Board of Directors determined the following:
Our staff has years of experience in community support and is backed by a hard-working Board of Directors.
Please feel free to contact any of us to find out more about getting help—or helping us provide it.
We have seen a 60% increase in new families requesting counseling services.
We have seen an 87% increase in families requesting holiday giving help.
We have seen a 150% increase in local families requesting school supplies.
These are some of the resources that young people and families can draw on through HKYFS.
Confidential Call for Assistance – 211
Care4Kids – Info on Affordable Childcare
Birth to Three – Info on Child Development
Helping Hands (Killingworth) Food Pantry
Haddam Emergency Service Food Bank
Renter Assistance Programs
The Invention of Race, podcast
The Mind of a Village: Understanding Our Implicit Biases, Hidden Brain Podcast
Implicit Bias Test
Let’s Get to the Root of Racial Injustice, TEDx
White Fragility – Brother to Sister
Jane Elliot’s 3rd Grade Lesson on Discrimination: A Class Divided