Outpatient Mental Health Programs

–  A Better Choice Adolescent Outpatient Substance Abuse Program (ABC)


A Better Choice Adolescent Outpatient Substance Abuse Program (ABC) is an adolescent outpatient substance abuse program that individually tailors treatment plans to address all aspects of a teen’s life—healthy body, mind and spirit. ABC gives youth and teens the skills and knowledge to make A Better Choice for themselves and improves their ability to function and lead healthy productive lives in our community. Professional services are rendered by a multi-disciplinary, multi-lingual, master’s level clinical team, licensed therapists and licensed alcohol and drug abuse clinicians.

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+  Child Guidance Centers

Family & Children’s Aid Child Guidance Centers provide outpatient behavioral health and substance abuse services to children and families in Connecticut. Our staff of child psychiatrists, masters-level licensed therapists and psychiatric nurse practitioners provide individual and group therapeutic counseling to address the psychological, behavioral, developmental and social well being of the children we treat. Recognizing the unique cultural needs of the communities we serve, our staff is proficient in three languages English, Spanish, and Portuguese. 

Child Guidance Center Locations

80 West Street, Danbury


30 Holmes Avenue, Waterbury


325 Danbury Road, New Milford



+  Extended Day Treatment Program (Extend)

Extend is a therapeutic after school program for at-risk children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Extend focuses on teaching children skills to strengthen self-esteem, manage ADHD, and improve relationships through group, individual and family therapy. Extend encourages active participation of parents. Extend provides support for children transitioning home from residential placements and those who struggle behaviorally and emotionally at school.

+  Foster Care and Adoption Support Group

A monthly, facilitated support group for post-license foster and adoptive families. Training, guidance, support, education, information and social events are offered. Free childcare is provided for children up to age 18 with food, play supplies, and a forum for socialization while the foster parents meet.

+  Life is Good Playmakers

Life is Good Tree of Optimism
Growing Super Powers

Life is Good Playmakers champions the healing power of play to help kids overcome psychiatric trauma. Family & Children’s Aid staff have been trained, as Life is Good Playmakers. The Playmaker philosophy is embraced across all methods of treatment at FCA. Playmakers use specially developed activities in structured playgroups to rebuild a sense of safety, community, connection, imagination and wonder in children. Through joyful play, children experience greater connection with their caregivers, parents, and peers, develop a sense of competence and self-worth, and learn to express their feelings in healthy, productive ways. To participate in Playmakers the child must be an active client in a Family & Children's Aid program.

+  Multi-Disciplinary Investigation Team (MIT)

Multi-Disciplinary Investigation Team (MIT) is made up of a group of professionals from varying disciplines working together on cases involving criminal level child sexual abuse, serious physical abuse and neglect. Team members are trained specialist who meet regularly to discuss individual cases, identify system needs, work cooperatively to improve the investigation and possible prosecution of cases, and to protect the children from further trauma.