The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, a local nonprofit mental health resource, received a $65,000 grant award from The Community Fund of Darien to support professional mental health services for local children and adolescents in Darien, Stamford, Greenwich and New Canaan.

The Community Fund of Darien is an independent, local, volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization that addresses health and human service needs.

"Celebrating 60 years of providing support to a broad spectrum of issues, our panel members carefully assessed each agency, recognizing its important role in assuring TFC donors' dollars are wisely and responsibly distributed to have the greatest impact," TCF Executive Director Kiki Karpen said. "The Child Guidance Center's programs and services exemplify the direct impact funding will have in strengthening our community, and we are proud to award the Center with an increased allocation this year."

As resources diminish, support from community partners such as The Community Fund of Darien becomes increasingly essential to ensure timely, comprehensive services. Last year, CGC experienced a 62 percent increase in new referrals from Darien.

"Each year more and more children and teens are coming to CGC for professional mental health treatment services," CGC Executive Director Sherry Perlstein said. "CGC truly appreciates The Community Fund of Darien's recognition of the increased demand for our services and the crucial role community support plays in our ability to address this intensifying local need."

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut is a nonprofit mental health resource, serving children and teenagers in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, both self referred and through referrals from schools, physicians, courts, and public and private human service agencies. CGC's clinical staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other clinicians work with more than 2,000 children annually, providing culturally competent and sensitive care to families representative of the rich ethnic mix of communities CGC serves. Preventative services are provided to children, parents, and professionals through community education and consultation programs.

Incorporated in 1954, CGC is supported by the Connecticut Department of Children & Families, Connecticut Office of Victim Crime Services, and the United Way. CGC is a beneficiary of individual, foundation, and corporate contributions.

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