For more than 200 years, The Village has been dedicated to building a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children.

Established in 1809 by a committed group of women, the Hartford Female Beneficent Society, The Village’s name and services have changed but the desire to assist children and families has remained constant.


1809 - 2022


A group of civic-minded women formed auxiliaries, many of whom had adopted children from one of The Village’s predecessors, creating opportunities to mobilize funds for charities. The Village’s auxiliary-run Second Chance Shops in Glastonbury, Simsbury, Suffield and West Hartford continue to prosper today.


Helping shape governmental social policies became a priority for The Village’s predecessor organizations. Focus changed to addressing issues of poverty, racial inequality and urban life matters in Greater Hartford, as well from a focus on adoption to placement of older children with special needs.


Incorporating more than a dozen predecessor organizations, Child and Family Services changes its official name to The Village for Families & Children.


Four Family Resource Centers (FRCs) open throughout Hartford.


Cottages at 1680 Albany Avenue are refurbished. A safe home opens in response to need for short-term placement for children removed from home to assess and plan for permanency.


A sub-acute unit opens as a step-down program for children discharged from a psychiatric setting to prepare for community living.


The Village partners with Connecticut Children’s to launch integrated primary care services that combine physical and mental health services with care coordination to support all aspects of clients’ health.


Stronger Families, Stronger Futures (SF2) launches in partnership with community providers to create a comprehensive, home-visiting program for parents.


The Village is designated as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC), offering a holistic approach of mental health and substance use services to seniors, veterans and other populations.


To accommodate expansion of services, The Village transforms an 8,500-square-foot warehouse at Village South into an adult behavioral health services wing.

2020, 2021, 2022

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, The Village continues to help clients build resilience and navigate challenges to their mental, physical and financial health and expanded services to meet increased need.