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List of Parenting Programs Throughout Connecticut: Waterbury and Windham (Putnam/Willimantic) Judicial Districts

WATERBURY JUDICIAL DISTRICT

1. CT Council of Family Service Agencies

(to attend a Parenting Education Program at one of the following agencies, call one of the numbers below):

A. Catholic Charities

203-596-9359

13 Wolcott Street

Waterbury, CT 06702

B. Family Services of Greater Waterbury, Inc.

203-756-8317

34 Murray Street

Waterbury, CT 06710

2. Wheeler Clinic

203-597-1906

326 Highland Avenue

Waterbury, CT 06708

WINDHAM JUDICIAL DISTRICT

(PUTNAM/WILLIMANTIC)

1. Access Agency

860-412-1620

1315 Main Street, Suite 2

Intake: 860-450-8078

Willimantic, CT 06226

2. Access Agency

860-412-1620

231 Broad Street

Intake: 860-450-8078

Danielson, CT 06329

3. CT Council of Family Service Agencies

(to attend a Parenting Education Program at

the agency under number 3., call 1-866-883-1624):

Catholic Charities, Inc.

88 Jackson Street

Willimantic, CT. 06226

4. University of Connecticut

860-486-1005

Cooperative Extension System

888-311-8842

139 Wolf Den Road

Brooklyn, CT 06234

5. United Services, Inc.

860-774-2020*

233 Route 6, P.O. Box 200

860-228-4480

Columbia, CT 06237-0200

6. United Services, Inc.

860-774-2020*

303 Putnam Road, P.O. Box 378

860-564-6100

Wauregan, CT 06387-0378

* Intake Dept

 
 

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List of Parenting Programs Throughout Connecticut: Tolland (Rockville) Judicial District

TOLLAND JUDICIAL DISTRICT (ROCKVILLE)

CT Council of Family Service Agencies

(to attend a Parenting Education Program at the

agency under number 1., call 866-883-1624):

1. Catholic Charities, Inc.

25 St. Bernard’s Terrace

Rockville, CT 06066

2. Hockanum Valley Community Council, Inc.

860-872-9825

27 Naek Rd.

Suite 4

Vernon, CT 06066

3. University of Connecticut

860-486-1005

Cooperative Extension Center

888-311-8842

24 Hyde Avenue (RT. 30)

Vernon, CT 06066

4. University of Connecticut

860-486-1005

School of Family Studies

888-311-8842

348 Mansfield Road, U-2058

Storrs, CT 06269-2058

 

5. Yardley Associates, LLP

860-688-1240

Vernon Parent Education Program

866-927-3539

(Classes held at)

Motel 6 ConferenceCenter

51 Hartford Turnpike

Vernon, CT 06066

 
 

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California Man Arrested for Part in Disturbing International Child Predator Ring

A Shasta County, Calif., man made his initial appearance in federal court the afternoon of Thursday, July 26, 2012, following his arrest on criminal charges stemming from a far-reaching international child pornography probe that has resulted in numerous arrests worldwide. He was ordered held without bail.

Jason Scarcello, 42, of Anderson, Calif., was taken into custody the morning of Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at his home by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Scarcello was arrested on probable cause after HSI special agents executed a federal search warrant at his residence and discovered computers and computer storage devices containing sexually explicit images and videos of children.

According to the search warrant affidavit, suspicions about Scarcello first arose after investigators determined he had engaged in computer chats with another suspect previously charged in the case, Michael Arnett. From August 2010 through March 2012, Scarcello and Arnett allegedly discussed in computer chats the abduction, torture, murder, and cannibalism of child victims.

“The images and other details we’ve uncovered during the course of this far-reaching probe are, without question, some of the most profoundly disturbing evidence we’ve ever encountered in a child sexual exploitation case,” said Clark Settles, special agent in charge for HSI San Francisco. “We are still aggressively investigating whether any of the suspects ever actually acted on their unspeakable dialogues and we urge the public to contact HSI or local authorities if they have any information that may be relevant to our efforts.”

Today’s charges are part of Operation Holitna, an ongoing HSI-led investigation that originated in Boston. In 2010, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts and HSI Boston arrested Robert Diduca on child pornography production charges. He was convicted and subsequently sentenced in June 2012. Forensic analysis of Diduca’s computer led investigarors to the Netherlands where a Dutch national was arrested and charged with production, distribution and possession of child pornography, as well as the sexual assault of 87 minors. Since that time, a worldwide network of offenders has been, and continues to be, unraveled, including today’s defendant. Defendants and victims continue to be identified around the world. To date, more than 140 children have been rescued and 42 perpetrators arrested worldwide – including Scarcello – as a result of Operation Holitna.

This case is also the result of HSI’s Operation Predator, a nationwide initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who sexually exploit children, and the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood, which was launched to increase federal prosecution of child sex predators, and to reduce the number of Internet crimes against children including child pornography trafficking.

As part of Operation Predator, HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.

As a part of Project Safe Childhood, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has teamed with state and local agencies and organizations to increase law enforcement presence on the Internet, and to educate the public about safe Internet use, thereby reducing the risk that children might fall prey to online sexual predators. For additional information on the Project Safe Childhood, please go to http://www.projectsafechildhood.com or call the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California and ask to speak with the Project Safe Childhood coordinator.

 
 

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Parenting Education Programs Throughout Connecticut: Norwich/New London and Stamford/Norwalk Judicial Districts

NORWICH/NEW LONDON JUDICIAL DISTRICT

1. CT Council of Family Service Agencies

(to attend a Parenting Education Program at one of the following agencies, call one of the numbers below):

A. Catholic Charities, Inc.

866-883-1624

331 Main Street

Norwich, CT 06360

B. United Community & Family Services

860-892-7042 ext. 722

400 Bayonet St., Suite 103

New London, CT 06320

2. Lymes’ Youth Services Bureau

860-434-7208

59 Lyme Street, P.O. Box 589

Old Lyme, CT 06371

3. Madonna Place

860-886-6600 ext. 123

240 Main Street

Norwich, CT 06360

4. University of Connecticut

860-486-1005

Cooperative Extension System 888-311-8842

562 New London Turnpike

Norwich, CT 06360

STAMFORD/NORWALK JUDICIAL DISTRICT

CT Council of Family Service Agencies

(to attend a Parenting Education Program at one

of the following agencies, call 203-324-3167):

A. Family Centers, Inc.

40 Arch Street

Greenwich, CT 06836-7500

B. Family Centers, Inc.

60 Palmer’s Hill Road

Stamford, CT 06902

C. Catholic Charities of Fairfield County

1 Park Street

Norwalk, CT 06851

D. Family and Children’s Agency

9 Mott Avenue

Norwalk, CT 06850

E. Jewish Family Service

733 Summer Street

Stamford, CT 06901

 
 

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Parenting Education Programs Throughout Connecticut: Middlesex, New Britain, and New Haven Judicial Districts

MIDDLESEX JUDICIAL DISTRICT

1. Roeder and Polansky, Family and Child Associates

(860) 347-9911

300 Plaza Middlesex

College Street

Middletown, CT 06457

2. CT Council of Family Service Agencies

(to attend a Parenting Education Program at the agency under number 2., call 866-883-1624):

Catholic Charities, Inc.

St. Francis of AssisiChurch

10 Elm Street

Middletown, CT 06457

NEW BRITAIN JUDICIAL DISTRICT

1. CT Council of Family Service Agencies

(to attend a Parenting Education Program at one of the following agencies, call one of the numbers below):

A. Catholic Charities

860-225-3561

90 Franklin Square

New Britain, CT 06051

B. Community Mental Health Affiliates

860-224-8192

55 Winthrop Street

New Britain, CT 06502

2. Wheeler Clinic

860-827-2043 ext. 2

334 Farmington Avenue

Plainville, CT 06062

NEW HAVEN JUDICIAL DISTRICT

CT Council of Family Service Agencies

(to attend a Parenting Education Program at one

of the following agencies, call 203-389-5599):

A. Catholic Charities

St. George Church Education Building

33 Whitfield Street

Guilford, CT 06437

B. Catholic Charities

203-235-2507

61 Colony Street

Meriden, CT 06451

C. Catholic Charities

501 Lombard Street

New Haven, CT 06513

D. Jewish Family Service of New Haven

1440 Whalley Avenue

New Haven, CT 06515

 
 

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Divorce Coping Tasks for Children

Children’s Divorce-Related Coping Tasks

  1. Acknowledging the reality of the divorce and achieving a realist cognitive understanding of it
  2. Disengaging from the parental conflict and resuming the child’s agenda
  3. Resolving the many losses that divorce imposes
  4. Resolving problems of anger and self-blame
  5. Acknowledging the permanence of divorce
  6. Achieving realistic hopes about one’s future relationship.

Parental Behaviors That Encourage Child Adjustment

  1. Responding appropriately to children’s divorce-related behavior
  2. Encouraging a positive post-divorce relationship with the other parent
  3. Developing a cooperative parental relationship
 
 

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Children’s Developmental Reactions to Divorce, By Age

6- to 7-Year Olds

  • are able to only deal with the “here and now”
  • are more likely to talk about his or her feelings
  • begin to assume responsibility for the family
  • express anger and sadness
  • avoid school and uses stomach aches or headaches as excuses to stay home
  • feel rejected by non-custodial parent as if the parent left “them”

8- to 12-Year Olds

  • become very angry at both parents or blame one parent for the divorce
  • lose interest in school or a former favorite activity
  • feel real grief, anxiety, loneliness and helplessness
  • easily manipulated by parents against the other
  • attempt to care for parents
  • complain of headaches and stomach aches
  • wonder about the immediate future
  • experience problems with concentration
  • attempt to get parents back together

13- to 17-Years Old

  • become aware of the realities of divorce
  • avoid being involved in parents’ arguments
  • worried about money, particularly as to how the lack of it may affect them
  • experience loyalty conflict when one parent begins a new relationship
  • experience increased sexual activity, alcohol, drug use, or acting out behavior
  • manipulate parents in order to get more freedom, clothes, etc.
  • worried about own future relationships, marriage, and parent’s sexuality
  • spend more time with friends outside the home
  • desire a flexible schedule for visitation with the non-custodial parent
  • desire parental contact and rules even though they don’t act like it
  • assume a “parentified” role with family members
 
 

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Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking

A Tampa man pleaded guilty Friday, July 13, 2012, to conspiracy to engage in the sex trafficking of a minor, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the FBI, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the Clearwater Police Department.

According to court documents, Mario Laguna-Guerrero, 27, began recruiting “Jane Doe” to perform commercial sex acts in exchange for money in Hillsborough County sometime in 2008. He transported his victim to various locations, including migrant farm worker camps, for the purpose of having her engage in prostitution. At these locations, Laguna conspired with other individuals for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts with Jane Doe.

Jane Doe, who has an IQ of 58, was less than 18 years old when these acts occurred. Evidence at court showed that she and Laguna were engaged in a relationship with each other and, as a result, Laguna knew how old she was.

Laguna faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678

 
 

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Shared Family Parenting Conclusions: What is Harmful to Children

            Children are harmed when parents:

  •  Encourage children to choose between them.
  • Make promises they do not keep.
  • Criticize the other parent to the child or in the child’s range of hearing.
  • Use the child as a messenger or negotiator or seek information about the other parent from the child.
  • Withhold access to the child for any reason unless there are safety concerns.
  • Involve the child in the court process or share legal information.
  • Introduce a new partner without adequate preparation. Remember that children need time to grieve the loss of family as they knew it and may not be ready to accept a new partner.

             Parents should remember that a child’s experience of divorce differs from their own. A child can often benefit from participation in school-based groups for children of divorce. Some children have greater difficulty in adjusting to their parents’ separation. If your child exhibits troublesome behavior over time, consider seeking help from a specialist experienced in dealing with child development and divorce.

             It may be helpful to refer to the information you received at the Parent Education Program. Many helpful age-appropriate books have been written to help you and your children through this difficult time. Your local bookstore and library are wonderful resources.

 
 

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Shared Family Parenting Conclusions: What is Beneficial to Children

            Co-parenting after separation presents many challenges. It is not easy to put your children’s needs ahead of your own often intense feelings and fears. Referring to the  following parenting tips from time to time may help you master successful co-parenting.

  •  Communicate with each other in a courteous “businesslike” manner.
  • Are on time and have children ready at exchange time.
  • Avoid any communication that may lead to conflict at exchange time.
  • Encourage the children to carry “important” items such as clothing, toys and security blankets with them between the parents’ homes.
  • Follow reasonably similar routines for mealtime, bedtime and homework time.
  • Communicate about rules and discipline in order to handle them in similar ways.
  • Support contact with grandparents and other extended family so the children do not experience a sense of loss.
  • Are flexible in developing parenting plans to accommodate their child’s extracurricular activities and special family celebrations.
  • Make time to spend alone with their children when the parent has a new partner.
  • Are with their children during scheduled times and communicate with their children when they cannot be with them.
  • Respect the other parent’s scheduled times with children and do not schedule plans that will conflict.
  • Discuss any proposed schedule changes directly with the other parent.
  • Support the child’s relationship with the other parent and trust the other’s parenting skills.
  • Assure the children that they did not cause the divorce and that they do not have the power to reverse the process.
 
 

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