CT Family Day
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CT Family Day is officially celebrated on the second Sunday in September.  In 1997, State Senator Joe Crisco created this holiday by state statute and for the last fifteen years, the Department of Children and Families has been responsible for coordinating a poster contest.  The posters, with a different theme each year, are collected and judged by a panel who selects the best one which exemplifies the theme.  The winning poster is then utilized in the promotional materials.

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Questions pertaining to CT Family Day 2018 should be directed to:

Jackie Ford
Department of Children & Families
505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106
203-641-5710 or

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Family Day Beliefs:
  • Families are the greatest natural resources to their children.
  • Families have primary responsibility for the well being of their children.
  • Family support programs help families to successfully parent their children.
  • Support programs should be available to all families who need assistance.
  • Families know their children best and raise them according to their history and beliefs
  • The Families cultural background help to create the unique characteristics of their children.
  • Families are in the best position to know their own strengths and needs.
  • Building on the capacities of families helps them to raise healthy children.
  • The challenges of parenthood change as children grow and family circumstances change.
  • Families may need different supports at difference stages of development.
  • Families are empowered to make good decisions when they have access to information.
  • Families also need quality services, supports and resources.
  • When families make good choices they improve the well-being of their children.
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