Don't forget teens during the holidays (November, 2010)


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WCCC Spotlight   November 2010
A frequent reminder that our kids and families matter!


Free Conference
Postpartum Depression and
Infant Mental Health

December 15,
10 am - 2:00 pm
Hyatt Regency Newport
Infants and children
of depressed mothers
are at higher risk for:
  • Behavior problems, such as hyperactivity, conduct disorders, and aggression;
  • Difficulties adjusting socially;
  • Performing more poorly on measures of school readiness, expressive language and verbal comprehension;
  • Developing symptoms that imitate the mother's depressed behavior, or developing episodes of depression;
  • Poorer cognitive development

Seating is limited. Please contact Susan Jacobsen at (401) 849-2102 or at

Presented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Newport Initiative for Nonprofit Leadership & Visiting Nurse Servicesof Newport & Bristol Counties.


Meet WCCC's
best friends
Our members!

Businesses or Foundations
Delta Consultants of
   South County
Sunshine Child
   Development Center

Nonprofit Agencies

Families First RI
Family Service of RI
Bradford Jonnycake Center of Westerly
Mental Health Association of Greater Westerly
Neighborhood Health Plan of RI
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
RI Parent Information  Network
South County Community Action
South Kingstown Partnership for Prevention
South Shore Mental Health Center
Thundermist Health Center of South County

These individuals joined at the $100 membership level
Michael C. Cerullo, MS, LMHC
Marilyn Goodman
S. Scott Mueller, MSW
Pamela G. Watson, LICSW

Practitioner Membership
Joseph Carr, LICSW
Elizabeth Carter, LMHC
Muriel Cohen, MA, NCC
Stuart Demirs, MD
Nancy Devaney
Lori Duffy, LICSW
Marian Faller, LICSW
Louise Kiessling, MD
Laura L. Lehrman, LICSW
Henry Mann, MD
Susan A. Orban, LICSW
Clare Sartori, LMFT
Virginia Stack, MS
Judith Strickland, LMFT
Sean Walsh, LICSW

Individual Membership
Marc Archambault
Luella Bragger
Linda Cardillo
Deborah Catone
Cathy Ciano
Catherine Conroy
Mary Cooney
Mary Eddy
Kathleen Egan
Karen Engstrume
Rupert Friday
Janice Fusco
John Hall
Deborah Harig
Laura Jones
Candy Lodge
Melina Lodge
Andrea Martin
Lisa McKay
Barbara Minteer
Susan Moses
Donna Nabb
Jan O'Kelley
Sheila Grant Orphanides
Carol Pilkington
Jane Potter
Keith Ranaldi
Heidi Reardon
Christine Romanello
Rick Schwartz
Eileen Stone
Teresa Tanzi
Debi Vannoy
Susan Vogl
Vivian Weisman

You can/should join too, for as little as $10/year. Visit the membership page on the Coalition website.


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WCCC Website
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Children's Behavioral Health Guide

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Teens are often forgotten this time of year

Bring a gift for a teen to Casey's
on Sunday, December 5, have fun & food
Casey's sponsors Gift Drive for 7th straight year
For the seventh consecutive year, Casey's Grill & Bar in Wakefield is sponsoring a holiday gift drive for Washington County's teens in need. People who drop off an
unwrapped gift on Sunday, December 5 between 5-7 pm will be treated to Santa, caroling, eggnog, cider and a complimentary buffet.
     "The gift drive has become an important tradition for us at Casey's," says General Manager Noelle Brousseau. "Every year has been more fun. It's a wonderful way to serve a group of kids who are often forgotten at a time when they should feel closest to their communities."
     Brousseau reports that local businesses, charitable organizations, and community members, including many URI students and faculty members, collected more than $4,100
worth of gifts, gift certificates, and cash donations last December.
     The Washington County Coalition for Children (WCCC) distributes the unwrapped gifts to local human services agencies who serve families with teens.
     "Casey's has been a fantastic and generous partner," notes WCCC Coordinator Susan Orban. "We depend on area sponsors and volunteers to help us take care of those left behind at the holidays. Casey's always steps up."

Lots of gift possibilities
casey logoOrban suggests that ideas for teen gifts include: T-shirts, pajamas, slippers, hooded sweatshirts, caps, socks, Red Sox jersey/cap, watches, skateboards, sports equipment, MP3 music players, board games, or arts and craft supplies.
     "You can also think 'stocking stuffers," she adds, "such as nail polish, lip gloss, toiletries, body lotion, perfume/cologne, hair clips, jewelry, stationery, or CDs."
     She also proposes gift certificates from area merchants and restaurants for meals, bike supplies, music, DVDs, books, clothing, sporting goods, manicures, hair salon, movie passes, sports events, bowling, skating, ice cream, pizza, or fast-food.
"We also accept cash donations," Orban points out.
     Unwrapped gifts should be brought to Casey's on Sunday, December 5 from 5-7 pm.
     "Everyone on our staff contributes in some way to make the gift drive successful each year," says Brousseau. "The joy and holiday spirit can truly be felt throughout the restaurant. I hope generous gift givers will stay and celebrate the season with us.


Holiday resources for families in need
Your neighbors are delivering food baskets and gifts
over the holidays in the coming weeks.You can join them.
Churches, social services agencies, food pantries, and health centers in nearly every town in South County are delivering food and gifts this Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    If you know a family a need, want to make a donation, or might want to volunteer, click
here for a location and a contact person near you to call today.


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What you need to know about the WCCC

The Washington County Coalition for Children brings together everyone in Washington County who cares about children. The Coalition is known for: 

  • Tracking and publishing the trends in children's issues, and convening public meetings around the needs.
  • Convening monthly meetings that bring together more than 40 organizations
    to tackle the most compelling problems facing children and their families.
  • Establishing a website to help parents of children with mental health and substance abuse problems connect with local treatment providers
  • Sponsoring an annual "How Are the Children?" Forum, a must-attend event
    for anyone working on children's issues: community leaders, advocates, and elected officials.
  • Holding monthly workshops to help doctors and mental health professionals care for children with behavioral health problems and  developmental disabilities.
  • Organizing a holiday gift drive for teens in conjunction with Casey's Grill & Bar in Wakefield.
     The Coalition achieves astounding results, with just one part-time staff person, dedicated volunteers, and administrative support from VNS Home Health Services.
We cover all Coalition costs through voluntary contributions
of Coalition members, grants, and your generous donations.

     For more information about the Washington County Coalition for Children, go to or contact Coalition Coordinator Susan Orban at or (401) 788-2347.