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Adopt a Social Work Program

Adopt A Social Worker is the largest and oldest of our programs. Faith-based or community organizations agree to covenant in which they partner with a particular social worker in Connecticut to, as far as is possible, provide for the necessary and special items needed for all of the children in that social worker’s caseload. This augments the provisions of the State, often assuring greater stability in the life of a child. Other States have successfully copied this distinctive and preventative model but ours remains the most comprehensive and successful. If your faith-based organization would like to consider participation in the AASW program or you would like to know more please call us at 860-243-1806 and ask for an AASW Program Coordinator.

20130206-201403.jpg Catherine Haugh
AASW Program Coordinator
Eastern Region

phone extension: 21

Selina Daniels
AASW Program Coordinator Southeastern Region
phone extension: 505

Adopt a Social Worker Manual

AASW Special Projects

Special projects are accepted by CCC directly, the items donated are distributed to the many children in need who may be working with social workers not yet adopted by an FBO. Please coordinate these direct to CCC projects by contacting the CCC office at 860-243-1806.

Anytime Projects

  • Cleaning Baskets

    Consider providing a family in need with cleaning supplies. Families with limited resources are often forced to choose between food and the products needed to keep their homes and clothing clean – food stamps do not cover cleaning supplies.
  • Baby Showers

    Hold a baby shower where guests bring the sort of gifts normally given to mothers-to-be. CCC collects these gifts, and then distributes them to new mothers and mothers-to-be.
  • Personal Care Packs

    Teens and parents often go without these necessary items. Create kits with shampoo, toothpaste, shavers, deodorant, combs, moisturizers, nail polish, etc., for males and females. Try to avoid any sharp or cutting items. This is a great activity for teen groups! See list below.
  • Placement Packs

    Being removed from one’s home can be unsettling and frightening. Often a child is removed from an unsafe situation and is taken with literally nothing but the clothes on his/her back. Placement packs contain essential personal items and a few “goodies” to comfort a child through the trauma of entering a strange, new environment. See list below.
  • Birthday Gifts and Party Supplies

    New small gifts of universal appeal (games, puzzles, art supplies, etc.) help social workers reach out to the children on his/her caseload by acknowledging their special days. We hear many stories of children in their teens who have never celebrated their special day! A gift supplied through CCC might be the only present that some children receive.
  • Movie, Museum Passes

    Gifts of these sorts allow a family to share an entertaining/educational experience.
  • Car Seats

    You may want to initiate a Car Seat Fund drive to allow CCC to buy new safety approved car seats.

Seasonal Projects

  • Gift Baskets

    Spring Baskets
    Help a child welcome the new season with a new warm-weather outfit, egg coloring kit, and a new toy, book or stuffed animal.

    Winter Holiday Gift Tree/Wreath, Mitten/Sock/Hat Tree.
    Personalized individual gifts valued at $30.00 or less per child are always appreciated. You can do an angel tree if you like. Hearth Stockings filled with items to keep the child warm, small toys, books, games, etc. are a big hit with the kids we serve.
  • Seasonal Packs

    Camp Equipment
    Some of our children receive camperships but do not have the necessary items for an enjoyable experience. Pack a small overnight bag with a flashlight, bug spray, sun protection, swimsuit, beach towel, or other items.

    Summer Fun/Family Play Packs
    Help children enjoy the outdoors with balls, chalk, Frisbees, jump ropes, kites and sports items. Help bring a family together with cards, board games, jewelry or model making kits, and other activities they can do together.

    Back-to-School Backpacks
    Children look forward to new supplies to begin the school year. The purchase of such items can stretch the budget of a single parent or foster family who may have difficulty just buying food. See suggested items below.

    While it is best for Backpacks to be completed by mid-August to give CCC ample time to deliver them, they are always welcome as new cases of abuse/neglect are substantiated throughout the school year.
  • Winter warmth

    As soon as the weather turns chilly, we need winter coats. Only coats for preteens are needed, as we find that teens prefer “hoodies” (zipped or unzipped hooded sweatshirts) or to do their own purchasing using a gift card.

    Join our annual collection drive for new and very gently used winter coats for ages four through 12.

    You may drop off the donated items at the Bloomfield office, or arrange for pickup of twelve items or more by contacting CCC.

    Hold a gift card drive for the purchase of winter outerwear for teens.

Donation suggestions are listed below:

  • September Back to School Project

    Back-to-School Backpacks

    Please consider helping children stay in school by donating the items on the list below. If you like, fill the backpacks with additional items you feel will encourage a child to go to school.

    Children removed from their home are often required to attend a new school as part of a placement process and have an increased need to feel like they belong; please do not provide used items unless they are in like new condition. It helps to start the collection process at the end of the previous school year so they may be assembled and in the social worker’s hands by mid-August.

    Whenever you begin your collection, coordinate with CCC on pickup or delivery of the final packs.

    Book Bags/Back Packs Inventory


    • Book -- age appropriate
    • Small packets of tissues
    • Colored pencils
    • Crayons
    • Drawing pad
    • Erasers
    • Glue sticks
    • Journal
    • ruler
    • Scissors, blunt
    • Key chain toy
    • Binder
    • Tape
    • Markers (nonpermanent)
    • Notebooks; loose leaf & paper
    • Pencils, sharpener

    Middle/high school

    • Book -- age appropriate
    • Colored pencils, pens
    • Colorful spiral notebooks
    • Geometric stencils & compass
    • Drawing pad
    • Erasers
    • Glue sticks
    • File folders, colorful
    • Journal
    • Markers (nonpermanent)
    • Loose leaf three hole paper
    • #2 pencils & sharpener
    • Ruler
    • Red pen
    • Small stapler & staples
    • Tape
    • Markers (nonpermanent)
  • Placement Pack Inventories

    Infant to Toddler (0-3)

    • Diaper bag or tote bag
    • 5+ disposable diapers (12-24#)
    • 8 + disposable towelettes
    • 2 undershirts or onesies
    • Baby bottle and nipple (8 oz.)
    • Ready -to-feed formula (32 oz.)
    • Receiving blanket
    • Socks (2 pairs)
    • Baby shampoo
    • Picture book
    • Stuffed toy (no beanie babies style, no parts to swallow)
    • Baby comb or brush
    • Small can apple juice
    • Teething ring
    • Pacifier
    • Baby soap
    • Blanket bag sleeper
    • Additional clothes

    Preschooler to Elementary School (4-11)

    • Tote bag or equivalent
    • Socks (2 + pairs)
    • Underwear (boy's or girl's) 2 + sets
    • Towel and wash cloth
    • Brush and comb (as ethnically sensitive as possible)
    • Small package of tissues
    • Shampoo and conditioner(as ethnically sensitive as possible)
    • Gentle soap
    • Toothpaste and toothbrush
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • Stuffed toy
    • Pajamas
    • Disposable towelettes
    • Coloring book and crayons
    • Age appropriate book
    • Small game
    • Sugar free sucking candy

    Adolescents (12-18)

    • Duffel bag or equivalent
    • Underwear (boys' or girls') 2 + sets
    • Socks (2 + pairs)
    • Towel and wash cloth
    • Feminine sanitary supplies
    • Shampoo and conditioner(as ethnically sensitive as possible)
    • Bath soap
    • Razor and shaving cream
    • Deodorant
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Extra large tee shirt (to sleep in)
    • Complexion cleansing pads
    • Brush, comb or hair pick (as ethnically sensitive as possible)
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • Stuffed toy
    • Lip balm
    • Journal and pen
    • Hat, gloves, scarf
    • Age-appropriate book
    • Small game or deck of cards
    • Travel alarm clock
    • Small package tissues
    • Nail polish
    • Sugar free hard candy
  • Small Container/Shoe Box/Tote Bag Ideas

    Infant to Toddler (0-3)

    • Baby bottles & nipples
    • Baby Lotion
    • Baby shampoo
    • Infant comb & brush set
    • Diaper rash ointment
    • Nightlight and bulb
    • Pacifier
    • Teething toy
    • Baby socks
    • Small picture book
    • Onesies T-shirts
    • Wash cloth & baby wrap towel
    • Stuffed animal (no beanie babies style, no parts to swallow)

    Preschooler to Schooler (4-11)

    • Apple juice
    • Bar of mild soap
    • Brush & comb set (ethnically sensitive as possible)
    • Bubbles
    • Doll, ball, small toy
    • Flashlight with batteries
    • Small pack of tissues
    • Colored pencils or crayons
    • Coloring or sticker book
    • Gentle shampoo
    • Sidewalk chalk
    • Notebook
    • Story book
    • Toothpaste & toothbrush
    • Socks
    • Underwear (pay attention to size and gender)

    Adolescents (12-18)

    • Brush & comb set (as ethnically sensitive as possible)
    • Fingernail polish
    • Toothpaste & toothbrush
    • Deodorant
    • Safety razor & shaving cream
    • Shampoo & hair rinse (as ethnically sensitive as possible)
    • Key fobs
    • Flashlight with batteries
    • Age appropriate book
    • Lip-gloss, lip-balm
    • Complexion cleansing pads
    • Journal
    • Underwear (pay attention to size and gender)
    • Socks
    • Sanitary pads
    • Games or playing cards
    • Manicure/ Pedicure kit
  • Gift Ideas for Individual Children

    Boys/Girls ages 3 – 7

    • Picture books
    • Bedtime stories
    • Easy reader books
    • Building blocks
    • Dolls/action figures (no small parts, ethnically appropriate when possible)
    • Dress up clothes
    • Play dough
    • Coloring books and crayons
    • Sticker books
    • Bubbles
    • Balls
    • Sidewalk chalk
    • Age-appropriate building blocks (no small pieces)
    • Stuffed animals

    Boys/Girls ages 7 – 12

    • Age-appropriate building/block set
    • Action figures/dolls (ethnically appropriate when possible)
    • Sporting equipment, i.e. soccer balls, basketballs, etc.
    • New board games
    • Stuffed animals
    • Playing cards
    • Gift certificate to chain toy store or bookstore
    • Age-appropriate books
    • Art/Craft kits


      As our children grow, they want to begin choosing for themselves; we want to encourage this process. We have found that the best gifts for teens are gift cards that allow them to pick the exact thing they want for themselves. We recommend you give gift cards for specific chain stores that are easily accessible and provide low cost high quality items.

    • Age-appropriate books
    • Gift cards to chain bookstores, clothing stores, or box stores