NAFI CT, established as a corporation in 2003 under NAFI/NFI, is a multi-service agency that provides programming, consultation and individualized support services to youth, families and adults in a variety of settings. Foster care, developmental services and treatment for individuals with developmental needs, residential treatment, in-home services and consultation are the broad scope divisions which make up NAFI CT. From high levels of residential care to in-home individualized wrap around services, NAFI’s continuum of services are visible throughout rural, suburban and urban communities across Connecticut.
With consistent growth within the organization, NAFI CT has balanced expansion with a focus on continued quality care. Best-practice research and program data collection is allowing for systems to be implemented that ensure that adherence to quality improvement measures are woven through and across NAFI CT. At a regional and programmatic level, performance quality indicators are being tracked daily in order to provide statistical and measurable data upon which to make appropriate changes and improvements. NAFI CT was accredited in 2008 by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and we continue to follow national best practice standards in all of our service delivery.
NAFI CT’s mission is creating diverse and innovative services for people.
Rooted within all of our diverse services and programs is our common values and beliefs that unite all staff, kids and families. This is known as the Normative Approach. The Normative Approach is not a prescriptive model but rather a culmination of our basic assumptions and beliefs about working with people.
Our fundamental beliefs, values and assumptions are that:
- People can change
- Empowerment of individuals in their own care
- Respect and dignity must be maintained at all times
- Education and skill building is essential for sustainable change
- Recognize and honor each person’s unique strengths and needs
- An individualized, cultural and gender responsive, trauma informed and holistic approach to treatment
- Community connections and relational approach are key for long term success of youth, families and adults