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Connecticut Family Day

CTFamilyDay logoCT Family Day is officially celebrated on the second Sunday in September.  In 1997, State Senator Joe Crisco created this holiday by state statute and the Department of Children and Families has been responsible for coordinating a poster contest.  The posters, with a different theme each year, are collected and judged by a panel who selects the best one which exemplifies the theme.  The winning poster is then utilized in the promotional materials.

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Contact:   Questions pertaining to CT Family Day should be directed to:

Jackie Ford
Department of Children & Families
505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106
203-641-5710 or jacqueline.ford@ct.gov



2018 Winning Poster:

2018 Poster Contest Winner

Poster Contest Winner Award Presentation

What: Present poster winner, Hartford resident Dulce-Angel Castro, age 14, with a framed print of her winning poster and a gift card for winning the contest
When: Friday, Sept. 28th at 2 p.m.
Where: CT Post Mall, Milford - Heart Gallery Store- entrance 2 - next to Bar Louie
Why: This is the 21st year of celebrating CT Families. DCF hosts a poster contest and this years theme was "Kids helping kids" to call attention to three young people in CT who have done civic work for DCF.

GUESTS scheduled to be in attendance: 

Senator Logan
UCONN College student started Confetti Kids, an organization that purchases birthday gifts for Heart Gallery Kids;
A Woodbridge, Ct teen who dedicated her girl scout project to care packages for foster kids;
A Fairfield County teen who started his own business, Future of our future, to raise funds for foster kids to have animal riding lessons, i.e. horse back riding lessons



History and Legislation of CT Family Day:

Connecticut’s Family Day was established by state law in 1997 (Public Act 97-288).  Family Day shall be observed every year during the month of September with activities to be held at the State Capitol and elsewhere. The theme of Connecticut’s Family Day, "Valuing Connecticut’s Families…It’s Everybody’s Business" remains the same so that we continue to reinforce the message that families are Connecticut’s greatest resource and that all sectors of Connecticut’s society have the privilege and obligation to honor them.



Family Day Beliefs:

  • Families are the greatest natural resources to their children.
  • Families have primary responsibility for the well being of their children.
  • Family support programs help families to successfully parent their children.
  • Support programs should be available to all families who need assistance.
  • Families know their children best and raise them according to their history and beliefs.
  • The Families cultural background help to create the unique characteristics of their children.
  • Families are in the best position to know their own strengths and needs.
  • Building on the capacities of families helps them to raise healthy children.
  • The challenges of parenthood change as children grow and family circumstances change.
  • Families may need different supports at difference stages of development.
  • Families are empowered to make good decisions when they have access to information.
  • Families also need quality services, supports and resources.
  • When families make good choices they improve the well-being of their children.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's):

What is CT Family Day?:

CT Family Day is a statewide event established in 1997 and first celebrated in 1998. Family Day began with a simple essay written by a young person in response to a contest run by Senator Crisco. From this humble start, Family Day has continued through collaboration across state agencies and community organizations with the primary objective of honoring and celebrating Connecticut families. It is observed in September, with community activities held across the state.

Why are there so many family day celebrations occurring on the same date?

There are currently five CT venues who are offering a promotion to celebrate CT Families. The promotions are offered on the same day because; Sunday, September 9th is CT Family Day. Please check with the various venues for times of operation … perhaps if you get an early start, you can take advantage of all the promotions offered on this day!

I have a community event that I want to post on the CTFamily Day calendar.  What do I do?

It's very easy to share your event.  E-mail the pertinent information to jacqueline.ford@ct.gov.  Please remember to include the date, time, location and address, who should attend, if registration is needed and the cost, if any and contact name, contact phone number and e-mail.  Also, feel free to add your website URL.

Need an answer to a question that isn't listed above?  Please contact:  jacqueline.ford@ct.gov



Suggestions of things do with your family:

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Dinner Makes A Difference!

More than a decade of research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has consistently found that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.


Family Day –  A Day to Eat Dinner with Your ChildrenTM is a national movement launched by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in 2001 that promotes the parental engagement fostered during frequent family dinners as a simple, effective way to prevent substance abuse in kids. 


To learn more about Family Day and to join parents all across America in taking the Family Day STAR pledge, log onto www.CASAFamilyDay.org



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