NEW BRITAIN – The American Savings Foundation board of directors recently awarded two grants totaling $85,000 to the Children’s Law Center of Connecticut.
Organized by a coalition of parents and professionals in 1992, the CLC is dedicated solely to the representation of children in family court. Services the CLC provides include legal representation for children, family mediation and the Children’s Law Line, which assists callers on issues involving children and family law in Connecticut.
The first grant, worth $75,000, will go to support the CLC’s Legal Representation program in New Britain and Waterbury. Through this program, CLC attorneys represent children who are involved in high conflict divorce and custody cases. Attorneys’ help children understand the legal process, meet with all parties involved in the case, appear in court and conduct home visits. They make recommendations to the court and also monitor post-judgment compliance.
In 2017, the Legal Representation program served 132 children from New Britain and 35 children from Waterbury.
The remaining $10,000 grant will go to the Families in Transition program. The goal of the program is to help parents come to a child-centered resolution that both parents can agree upon, avoiding the harmful impacts of a lengthy and contentious court battle.
“Our grants committee and our board recognized the Families in Transition program as an effective alternative to litigation, and a powerful complement to the Legal Representation Program which we have funded for a number of years,” said Maria Falvo, president and CEO of the ASF.