The Child & Family Connection: August 2023
Child & Family's commitment to our community has been strong and unwavering since we began serving Newport County and Rhode Island in 1866. Our core values that led us this far will carry us through to brighter days, especially now, as our services are more valuable than ever. Child & Family has developed various programs to support all in need, regardless of age or situation. We provide early childhood education and care, housing for families and children, foster care, counseling for older adults, family preservation programs, and many other services. Our devotion to helping the most vulnerable populations binds us together. Thank you for helping us fulfill our mission.
Letter from Marty Sinnott, President & CEO...
Greetings friends of Child & Family,
I hope that summer is treating you and your families well. This has been an unusually busy summer for Child & Family staff as we have emerged from the workforce crisis phase of the pandemic. Hiring and retention of staff have improved with recent graduates entering the workforce. Find out more ››
Ocean State Charities Trust funded Child & Family to purchase new cots for their preschooler and toddler students at our Sandpipers Early Learning Center. Child & Family’s Board Member Kelly Powers found an incredible new home for the cots that were being replaced: She resourced her networks and connected with a Ukrainian citizen who has since distributed them to a temporary shelter. He explained, “They will be used in the Khmelnitskiy region, Ukraine, in one of the summer camps. Most of the camp sites in Ukraine serve as temporary shelters for displaced families. They open doors to kids from families that have parents either fighting in the war, wounded or lost their lives in the war.” These Ukrainian children now have a clean, soft place to rest. Thank you to Kelly Powers for arranging transport of the older cots. We are thrilled to pay this generous gift forward.
Thank you to Girl Scout Troop 206 for donating over 350 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to our Child & Family Foster Care families! Pictured here are Girl Scouts Ireland and Piper from Exeter-West Greenwich. Thank you so much for choosing our amazing Foster Care families to receive these yummy treats!
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Foster Parent, please visit childandfamilyri.org/foster-care/
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Jess Kennedy joined the Child & Family Board of Directors at the start of 2020. Jess is a graduate of the University of Florida with a law degree from Florida State University. She is a co-founder and COO of Beeline, a fintech lender based in Providence, RI. Jess has held a number of senior leadership and committee positions in private practice and the business community. Her and her family call Portsmouth home.
Why I got involved with Child & Family: I got involved with Child & Family through a friend who introduced me to the organization. I immediately connected with the mission of Child & Family and its strong presence and leadership in the human services space. Seeing the impact Child & Family makes in the community is inspiring.
Meet the Rhode Islanders Child & Family supports...
Amanda Carlson with Heather Bishop,
Supportive Housing Case Manager,
Child & Family
Please meet Amanda Carlson, our keynote speaker from Child & Family's 9th Annual Townsend Luncheon on June 21, 2023, and a client in our Supportive Housing Program and Family Care Community Partnership (FCCP) program. Amanda, along with her family, has received support from Child & Family throughout her life and she shares in her speech how grateful she is to the staff that have made a positive impact on the lives of her and her four children.
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Meet our Dedicated Staff...
After over 15 years of dedicated service, Landa Patterson has retired from Child & Family as of June 2023. Landa’s most recent title was Director of Interns, Volunteers & Special Events, but we all know she did much more than her title suggested. Landa touched the lives of thousands of children and families through her work with the Holiday Giving programs, mentored dozens of young professionals through her work with interns, raised much-needed funds through her management of Child & Family’s many events (the Townsend Luncheon, Au Courant, and Taste of Newport), and created invaluable connections with Community Partners through her expertise in relationship building. Landa is a friend to all at Child & Family and her warm presence and joyful laughter will be missed. We wish her nothing but the best with her bright future!
Please direct your questions regarding Child & Family volunteers and interns to HR@childandfamilyri.org. All other inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 29, 2023
CHILD & FAMILY’S 40th ANNUAL TASTE OF NEWPORT
to benefit our Child & Family Programs
Event runs from 5:30 PM to 8 PM
VIP Reception starts at 5 PM
Held at the Wyndham Newport Hotel, Middletown, RI 02842
Guests will enjoy an evening of tasting, sipping, and mingling, along with the opportunity to bid on tempting silent auction offerings, all while learning about the important work of Child & Family throughout Rhode Island.
The giving starts NOW and culminates with an online auction.
Learn more at childandfamilyri.org/tasteofnewport/
On Thursday May 18, 2023, Child & Family held a Foster Family Appreciation dinner at Atwood Grill in Johnston, RI, to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of foster parents and special guests who have had a role in supporting children, youth, and families in the child welfare system.
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Pictured Ashley Deckert, DCYF Director &
Marty Sinnott, Child & Family President & CEO
Child & Family’s Circle of Parents celebrated their Spring Event on Saturday, April 8, 2023 and had a wonderful turnout. The event was to celebrate spring, recruit parents, and educate others about the availability of these parent support groups throughout the state.
To learn more about Circle of Parents, visit childandfamilyri.org/circle-of-parents/
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