About

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Child & Family Connections improves the lives of families living with parental mental illness in meaningful ways—through peer-informed education, advocacy, and support.

We’re Addressing Parental Mental Illness

Most of the one million parents in the U.S. with a serious mental illness are caring, capable, and committed to their children. They are raising between one and three million children who are at great risk right from birth: They are twice as likely to live below the federal poverty level, 76% more likely to experience food insecurity, and have a 30-70% chance of having mental health conditions of their own.

We envision a world in which families living with parental mental illness are free from shame and stigma; a world in which mental illness is treated with equal compassion, commitment, and resources as other medical conditions.

Child & Family Connections is building a system of care as a means of realizing our vision starting with pragmatic, community-based solutions that are always free of charge for participants. Over 90% of our funding goes directly to programming. Our community-based interventions build resiliency by empowering family members with pragmatic and effective knowledge, skills, and tools to help them develop courage and find hope. As generational and enculturated ideas and behaviors change, reducing often-crippling shame and stigma. And we bring families into the support of a caring community of their peers.

Child & Family Connections has strong roots in, and a commitment to, our communities. Our partners include Temple University, WHYY Television, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Google, Inc., Giant Foodstores, Resources for Human Development, The Patricia Kind Family Foundation, The Barra Foundation, filmmakers OC87 Recovery Diaries, and others.

We’re proud to say that Charlotte’s request continues to transform lives and we are privileged to be a part of the process of helping families heal.

Our Story

Child & Family Connections improves the lives of families living with parental mental illness in meaningful ways—through peer-informed education, advocacy, and support.

When nine-year-old Charlotte asked to meet other kids who have a parent with a mental health condition, it was a milestone in a journey that began a decade earlier with her father’s institutionalization, destitution, and near-death from his bipolar disorder. With support from the Mental Health Association and the City of Philadelphia, they co-founded Child & Family Connections, Inc., the first nonprofit dedicated exclusively to families living with parental mental illness.

Whether families join us for a Workshop or parents call or login into the Parent’s Support Group, they are unified by their love for their families and their willingness to undertake the challenging work that is essential to recovery.

Child & Family Connections has accomplished so much more than we ever envisioned when we first met in that cramped conference room with the rattling fan four years ago. CFC has earned a place as a thought leader and pioneer in the field and a trusted resource for families. We are keynote speakers at international and regional conferences, we contribute to academic journals, we’re featured in the media, and we’ve won awards for our work.