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Mission Statement

Child & Family Connections improves the lives of families living with parental mental illness in meaningful ways--through education, advocacy, and support.

Description

When 9-year-old Charlotte asked to meet other kids who have a parent with a mental health condition, it was a milestone in a journey that began a decade earlier with her father’s institutionalization, destitution, and near-death from his bipolar disorder. Inspired by her request, with support from the Mental Health Association and the City of Philadelphia, they co-founded Child & Family Connections, Inc. (CFC), the nation’s first nonprofit that supports families living with parental mental illness by empowering them to handle adversity and build resiliency. We are privileged to be a part of the process of helping families heal as Charlotte’s request continues to transform lives.

People

  • We serve low-income families living with parental mental illness in the Philadelphia region.
  • 100% of adults are parents (single, married couples, adoptive, foster, grandparents) diagnosed with a serious mental illness, many with co-occurring disorders, often legally disabled, ranging in age from 17 to 73.
  • 60% of their children, ages birth to young adult, have mental health challenges of their own.
  • 83% of families are African-American,
  • 67% live below the federal poverty line, with a median annual income of $13,000.
  • While all have some degree of English proficiency, 58% have not completed a high school level of education.

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