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Coping With Anxiety in Unusual Times: Join NAFI on Zoom 4/27
April 20, 2021

Has your anxiety level been higher than normal lately? Are your children showing signs of anxiety based on the restrictions and changes with school, sports, and social situations? Is the COVID-19 pandemic or the prospect of returning to normal keeping you up at night, affecting your appetite, or simply diminishing your normal equilibrium and peace […]

Nilian’s Kidney Transplant & NAFI: A Story of Selfless Care
April 15, 2021

In early December, 14-year-old Nilian underwent a kidney transplant at Hartford Hospital. The surgery went well, the recovery even better, and the story behind Nilian’s adoptive family and her journey from a dire situation to new hope and possibilities is as inspiring as her medical transformation. It has been a team effort that includes the […]

2020 Spirit of the Community Awards: NAFI CT, RI and NY
December 27, 2020

 NAFI celebrates the amazing work its employees do for their communities in an awards ceremony each year recognizing those who go above and beyond the call of duty. This year, the ceremony had to be conducted remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions. NAFI’s Normative Community Approach creates a culture where people work together to achieve […]

Holiday and New Year Greetings from Dr. Bakal
December 24, 2020

Dear NAFI/NFI staff and family: As a very challenging 2020 comes to an end, let our holiday season be filled with gratitude for the extraordinary commitment and work you have done to ensure the wellbeing of consumers — and each other. You have taken on the added demands of the pandemic in ways that we couldn’t […]

This Holiday Season Is a Bridge Back to the ‘Best of Times’
December 22, 2020

Editor’s Note: Lynn Bishop, Executive Director of NAFI Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York, shared the following end of the year holiday message with colleagues, and we would like to share it with you. Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and joyful holidays and a hopeful and prosperous 2021!   Dear colleagues of NAFI Connecticut, Rhode […]

NAFI CT Teams Up With Cake4Kids to Spark Some Smiles
December 21, 2020

The young women in NAFI Connecticut’s residential programs at the Touchstone Campus in Litchfield are writing a recipe for finding new sweetness in life by brightening the lives of other youth facing challenges. As part of NAFI CT’s partnership with the new Connecticut chapter of the national nonprofit Cake4Kids, the young women at Touchstone hope […]

‘Gratitude Grams’ Part 2: Meet More of NAFI’s Team Players
December 15, 2020

NAFI staff members in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York have a tradition of sharing “gratitude grams” with one another each year during the Thanksgiving season. We highlight the messages of appreciation on social media, including the NAFI CT Facebook page, and this year we began sharing some of them on the website, too. Here’s the […]

COVID-19 Didn’t Deter ‘Thanksgiving Elves’ of Project Turkey
December 11, 2020

Carnevale Project Turkey has been a holiday tradition for nearly 30 years and NAFI staff and volunteers in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York navigated the challenges of COVID-19 this year to make sure families received the extra boost they needed to make the holiday special. In Rhode Island, where Carnevale Project Turkey originated, NAFI […]

‘Gratitude Grams’ Highlight Appreciation for NAFI Staff
November 25, 2020

Each year, during the Thanksgiving season, we invite our employees to share “gratitude grams” with one another. These messages of appreciation provide a glimpse into the incredible support and commitment our employees demonstrate all year long in carrying out the vital and vibrant human services mission of the NAFI operations in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and […]

Connecticut Foster Families Get Financial Help Amid COVID
November 3, 2020

  A week after NAFI CT Executive Director Lynn Bishop hosted an October event in which Gov. Ned Lamont and State Department of Children and Families Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes emphasized the vital role of nonprofits during the COVID-19 pandemic—especially foster families—the Governor announced $1 million in supplemental aid to support foster parents. In her role as President […]

Gov. Ned Lamont Thanks ‘Unsung Heroes’ of Connecticut Nonprofits
October 17, 2020

  Gov. Ned Lamont and state officials held a roundtable meeting Oct. 16 with members of the Children’s League of Connecticut (CLOC) to discuss challenges nonprofit service providers face amid COVID-19, followed by a news conference to acknowledge and thank the unsung heroes who work tirelessly to meet the needs of foster children and other young […]

NAFI CT Wins 2020 Top Workplaces Honors From Courant, Hearst
September 29, 2020

NAFI Connecticut Inc. has been honored as one of Connecticut’s Top Workplaces by both The Hartford Courant and Hearst Connecticut Media Group. This is the fifth consecutive year the Courant has singled out NAFI CT for fostering one of the state’s best work environments. Award-winning companies and organizations are chosen solely based on employee feedback […]

Lynn Bishop Named President of Children’s League of Connecticut
September 21, 2020

NAFI CT Executive Director Lynn Bishop has been appointed President of the Children’s League of Connecticut (CLOC). CLOC is composed of leaders from 11 nonprofits devoted to a shared mission of advocating for the best interests of children and families, including proper care of children and young adults with behavioral health challenges or developmental disabilities. […]

A Message from the President of NAFI/NFI
June 5, 2020

Dear NAFI/NFI Family, Friends and Board members, The nation was rocked and deeply saddened by the cruel killing of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers last week. We know that the horror of this senseless act speaks to the work ahead that needs to be done to confront and counter racism and injustice. It […]

NAFI’s Touchstone, MDFT Transform a Connecticut Girl’s Life
May 18, 2020

Alyssa Bomster was out with friends in November 2017 when a police stop involving an older friend driving without a license triggered her grief over the death of her cousin/best friend a day earlier. She had been drinking and the combination led her to confront police, resulting in her arrest for breach of peace. It […]

A Message From the Executive Director
March 18, 2020

As we navigate the crisis created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s vitally  important to stay connected, to create a sense of unity even amid the challenges of social distancing—and to interact in online forums like this one as a community of compassionate, caring citizens with the common goal of making the world around us […]

NAFI Recidivism Reduction Program Wins 2019 Spirit Of The Community Program Award
December 6, 2019

  The 2019 NAFI CT Spirit of the Community Program Award was given to a pioneering program designed to reduce recidivism for transitional age youth (ages 17-20) who have both a recent history of criminal involvement and mental health challenges. “We are wholeheartedly excited and appreciative for this recognition of MST – TAY,” NAFI CT […]

Abigail Okarmus Wins NAFI CT Spirit of the Community Award
November 21, 2019

  Abigail Okarmus, a Quality Assurance Coordinator with NAFI CT, received the Spirit of the Community award for Connecticut at the North American Family Institute’s recent annual conference. She was honored in part for her success in growing the NAFI CT outpatient clinic in Willimantic, which provides psychiatric and clinical counseling to children and adolescents […]

NAFI Connecticut Inc. Named a Top Workplace for 4th Consecutive Year
September 25, 2019

Only 60 Connecticut companies and organizations won 2019 Top Workplaces awards from The Hartford Courant and NAFI Connecticut Inc. is one of them—for a fourth consecutive year. “Being recognized as a Top Workplace for a fourth year in a row is very gratifying,” said Lynn Bishop, Executive Director for NAFI CT, the Farmington-based nonprofit organization […]

Clinical Social Worker of the Year Award for NAFI CT’s Stacey Shaia
July 18, 2019

  Stacey Shaia, LCSW, clinical director of NAFI CT’s Outpatient Clinic in Willimantic, CT, has been honored with the 2019 Clinical Social Worker of the Year Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). “The Clinical Social Worker of the Year award is given annually to a clinical social worker […]

NAFI CT Opens Newest Program – Linking Youth to Natural Communities (LYNC)
February 12, 2019

NAFI CT is pleased to announce its newest program, Linking Youth to Natural Communities (LYNC). LYNC is a center-based program for court-involved youth and their families. LYNC staff will work with organizations local to the youth’s natural community to address the youth’s and family’s needs as well as provide an array of evidence-based and evidenced […]

2018 NAFI CT Wine and Beer Tasting
August 27, 2018

*Please note, tickets purchased online will be distributed at the door on the night of the event. Wine and Beer Tasting Regular Ticket $35.00 USDDesignated Driver $25.00 USD

NAFI CT is reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation
February 27, 2018

We are very proud to announce that NAFI Connecticut, Inc. has been reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation. Reaccreditation is a tremendous achievement that demonstrates that our organization is recognized as a provider that continues to successfully implement high performance standards and, as such, is delivering the highest quality services to all of its stakeholders. […]

The Connecticut Post Names NAFI Connecticut, Inc. a Top Workplace
October 23, 2017

Farmington, CT – NAFI Connecticut, Inc. has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by The Connecticut Post. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were […]

The Hartford Courant Names NAFI Connecticut, Inc. A Top Workplace
October 23, 2017

Farmington, CT – NAFI Connecticut, Inc. has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by The Hartford Courant. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were […]

Wine and Beer Tasting Tickets
August 15, 2017

*Please note, tickets purchased online will be distributed at the door on the night of the event.  Wine and Beer Tasting Regular Ticket $35.00 USDDesignated Driver $25.00 USD

Save the Date: The Spirit of Giving Wine & Beer Tasting Event
May 18, 2017

Please join us on September 29, 2017 for the Second Annual NAFI Connecticut, Inc. The Spirit of Giving Wine & Beer Tasting Event. All proceeds benefit the NAFI CT/Rhode Island Enrichment Fund. Every dollar of the this enrichment fund is allocated to enhancing the lives of those with whom we work by providing educational, recreational, vocational, […]

Two NAFI CT Therapists receive MST Sustained Excellence Awards
February 28, 2017

Farmington, CT – Two NAFI CT Therapists receive MST Sustained Excellence Awards Lisseth Jurado and Jasmine Iannotti, both therapists with the NAFI CT Multisystemic Therapy Program, have been awarded an MST Sustained Excellence award (an ESSY) in the category of Therapist Adherence. MST Services presents this award on an annual basis to therapists to provide […]

Corporate News

Friends of NAFI/NFI Fall 2019 Newsletter

Friends of NAFI/NFI Newsletter – Fall 2019 This edition of the newsletter focuses on employee recruitment and retention. Check it out by clicking the link above!

NFI Massachusetts Announces New Executive Director

NFI Massachusetts Appoints Lydia Todd as Executive Director DANVERS, MA, – Today, Lydia Todd, a resident of Peabody and a Newton Native, was appointed as executive director for NFI Massachusetts, Inc., after more than 30 years of professional work in human services and criminal justice. Lydia is replacing Steven Hahn who served as the agency’s […]

NAFI/NFI 2018 Annual Report

  NAFI 2018 Annual Report Welcome to North American Family Institute’s 2018 Annual Report. Please click on the link above to read the report in its entirety.

Friends of NAFI/NFI Summer 2017 Newsletter

This edition of the Friends of NAFI/NFI will outline for readers the importance of measuring our successes through data collection and outcome reporting. It is vital to our agency growth that we regularly assess and review the impact of our services. This knowledge gives us the ability to refine and improve our programming, better serving […]

Our Perspective: NAFI New York – Where Collaboration is Key

The relatively small, but mighty NAFI NY Region has made the use of collaboration a key element both in its program design and as a strategy for growth and development. The result has been a growth in programming as well as support and recognition from our partners in the region. First, from the program design […]

NAFI Celebrates 40 Years

This year, NAFI is celebrating its 40th birthday – 40 years of remarkable service to our fellow men, women and children that began humbly, but with great hope, in a garage in Marblehead, Massachusetts 40 years ago. Download the NAFI 40th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet: Looking Back and Looking Ahead ›