Karen Sylvia
Karen Sylvia
Director, Therapeutic Foster Care

Karen’s career of over 30 years has been devoted to helping children and families in Connecticut, beginning as a counselor for teens referred by schools, families, police and the courts, at a program in New Canaan.

Throughout the years, she has provided and supervised programs that provide individual counseling and group therapy, as well as case management to help families receive services to sustain the gains achieved through therapy. She has also been an adoption worker, finding permanent homes for children whose families could not care for them any longer.

As director of programs, she has helped to developed services, created evaluation tools to ensure that programs meet their goals, and honed her supervisory and team development skills.

Her experience has been at various child and family organizations, including Highland Heights-St. Francis Home for Children in New Haven, Boys & Girls Village in New Milford, and Mount Saint John in Deep River.

In November 2012, she joined The Village as director of our Safe Home, and in June 2014, she became the director of the therapeutic foster care program, which provides safe, nurturing foster homes for children who have been exposed to trauma and may be challenged with emotional, behavioral and psychiatric issues.

Karen earned a bachelor’s degree in special education, a master’s in counseling and certificates in advanced graduate studies in both school guidance counseling and marriage and family therapy from Southern CT State University.

What quote best captures your personal philosophy?
“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”
– Anne Frank

What is something unexpected that most people don’t know about you?
I design and create stained glass panels.

What do you most want clients of The Village to know about you?
I want to meet them where they presently are and walk with them the rest of the way.