Every child deserves the opportunity to reach his or her highest potential. To learn more about our impact, read these stories based on real lives of the over 3,000 children and their caregivers that the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut helps every year.

*Identifying information has been changed to maintain the privacy of our clients.


Meet Clinton

At five years old, Clinton* was referred to the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut by the Department of Child and Family Services. His foster parents were concerned about his aggressive behavior, problems getting along with his foster siblings, inappropriate touching, and clinginess.

Meet Casey

At 12 years old, Casey* was referred to CGC’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Services program after her sister found video recordings on her laptop titled, “My 13 Reasons Why,” which disclosed reasons she intended to kill herself.

Meet Elijah

At ten years old, Elijah* was referred to the Child Guidance Center because he was aggressive and ran away from his father and school staff when they tried to get him to attend class.   Although Elijah was initially seen in the Child and Family Therapy Program, frequent calls to 211 led to his being treated through the Mobile Crisis Intervention Services program.

Meet Yvette

At 15 years old, Yvette* was referred to CGC by her counselor because she had reported cutting herself. Her parents were also concerned because they noticed a significant drop in her weight in a very short period of time, and she had become much less social.

Meet Emma

At 4 years old, Emma* was referred to the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut’s (CGC) Child Advocacy Center due to reports of physical abuse.

Meet Abby

Abby,* 12 years old, was referred to CGC’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Services program after a friend informed the school counselor that Abby confessed to cutting herself and having suicidal thoughts. While she was living in a single parent home with her father, she felt completely alone. Struggling with her sexual identity, she felt rejected by her peers and didn’t know how to talk to her father about her issues.

Meet Manny

At six years old, he was referred to CGC by his mother, Gina.* While seen as polite and friendly at school, Manny’s* behavior was completely different at home. Whenever she disagreed with Manny or attempted to discipline him, he would become violent toward her or would threaten to harm himself.

Meet Brandon

At three years old, Brandon* was referred to the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut (CGC) by his preschool teacher because he was hitting other children and acting aggressively. After being expelled from preschool, his mother Tanya* tried to manage Brandon’s behaviors so a new school would accept him.

Meet Sara

Sara*, 15 years old, was referred to the Child Guidance Center (CGC) by a school counselor after she disclosed that she was cutting herself and thinking about suicide. CGC’s Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services team provided immediate crisis intervention. 

Meet Paula

Paula,* four years old, was referred to CGC by her preschool teacher. She was exhibiting aggressive and cruel behavior. Her teacher became increasingly worried about Paula’s and her classmates’ safety. Paula struggled developmentally and socially.  She often appeared distracted and confused.

Meet Richard

A 17 year old high school senior, Richard* had experienced abuse and neglect inflicted by his father and stepmother most of his life. His parents would often punish him by not feeding him, kicking him out of the house, and would encourage him to miss school so that he could pick up extra shifts at his job. 

Meet Jacob 

At four years old, Jacob* was a very emotional child. He would often throw temper tantrums and never got along with his baby sister or older brother. As the middle child, he felt left out and would never listen to his mother. Jacob had a difficult time adjusting to structure in his pre-K class, and would have many outbursts throughout the day, threatening teachers and other students.

Meet Maria

Preparing for her Quincenera (15th birthday party) should have been the happiest time of her life, but she was living with a terrible secret.

Meet Sammy

At 4 years old, Sammy* should have been talking, playing, and demonstrating a close bond with his mother. But he wasn’t. The police contacted the Child Guidance Center to express concern about Sammy after they responded to a domestic abuse call at his house. Although Sammy hadn’t been abused, something definitely seemed wrong.

Meet Jenna

Jenna* is six years-old.  Since infancy she has witnessed extensive domestic violence. Her stepfather was physically abusive toward her mother and emotionally abusive to Jenna. Due to Jenna’s unstable home life, she was often sad and frequently contemplated self-harm. Eventually she was referred to CGC.

Meet Ben

To the outside world Ben* seemed to have everything going for him. He was a high school senior, an honors student, and was making plans to go to college. He was also planning to end his life.