The Village Blog

Hear our views and news about our work with others to improve the quality of life for children and families in the state. Our blog features Village leaders and other experts. Join the conversation by sharing and commenting on the posts.

Uniting as One Powerful Sisterhood of Women

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We see through the years how women are warriors in a war for gender equity. We have fought many battles seeking gender balance − seeking to be seen as an essential and equal member of our society. As we reflect on the various movements we have had throughout the years, we see that success would not have been achieved if not for the strength, courage and intellect of women.

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The past does not define us

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“The past does not define us. It's discovering who we really are and how we're going to get there that does that. The Village - where real change happens.” These words describe The Village’s core beliefs and are heard in our new TV and radio ads. They also describe my own personal journey.

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Are you a Human Trafficking Abolitionist?

The truth is slavery still exists in our current society, but it manifests itself in many forms. Human trafficking is Modern Day Slavery. As you are reading this article someone is being enslaved. A child is being forced into a life of sexual exploitation, and children and adults are forced to work in sweatshops, homes, local businesses, factories and agriculture. Right here in Connecticut.

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We can’t balance the State budget at the expense of vulnerable children

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I understand the need to keep our State’s fiscal house in order, but does it have to be at the expense of our most vulnerable children? Yesterday’s announcement by the Governor’s office to cut $48 million from the State budget to ensure we don’t end the year with a deficit was not a surprise. What was dismaying was that the largest cuts – a total of $8.8 million – are to the Department of Children and Families, including programs at both ends of the spectrum, from prevention to crisis.

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Speaking Out When You’re Ready

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Voices are powerful. When they speak the truth – even when it’s painful or harsh – people listen. Personal experiences with child abuse and mental health conditions are not easy topics to discuss. But, the impact of sharing your perspective and your thoughts about how our health care system can help prevent abuse in the first place and how children and young adults can get the help they need to recover from or cope with mental illness, can be immensely rewarding.

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