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Program Updates

Family Center Enriches the Lives of Long Island Families

Family Engagement Events

In addition to daytime and evening Parent Support Groups, Family Center (Nassau) offered two different family engagement events these past few months. Family Center Nassau collaborated with North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center and Hispanic Counseling Center to provide the families an evening of fun bowling for the entire family at Garden City Lanes.  This event was funded in part by OMH and all 3 agencies worked together.
Family Center Nassau also joined FCA’s Children’s Care Coordination to invite families to Dave and Busters. The families bowled, played games and enjoyed a buffet dinner together.  The families were also given the opportunity to network with each other.


Two children, one from Family Center Nassau and one from FCA’s Home-based community services (HCBS) program became friendly at the Bowling Engagement Event and exchanged their information with their parents’ permission.  One of the moms shared that the boys were getting together after Skyping each other daily. She said that her son was so happy because he does not have friends and was able to make one.
At the family engagement event it was noted that two boys were getting along well. They were different ages and attended different schools. The boys interacted well and enjoyed playing with each other throughout the event. This allowed the Respite Supervisor to peer them up in Family Center Nassau’s Respite program.
Family Center (Suffolk) held a family engagement event which was dubbed Family Movie Day. Families were able to relax and enjoy a movie together.


Family Center Suffolk offered a workshop on self-care where a Family Peer Advocate taught parents how to crotchet as a way of reducing stress.

Press Releases

Finance Executive Rita Thakkar Joins Family & Children’s Association Board FCA Appoints New Trustee; CA’s Rita Thakkar to Join Leadership


MINEOLA, NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2018 ­– Family & Children’s Association (FCA), a leading human services nonprofit organization on Long Island, has appointed finance executive Rita Thakkar, CPA, CIA to its Board of Trustees. Thakkar, who is based in the New York City area, is vice president, Internal Audit for CA Technologies, a global software development and services firm.

A certified public accountant and internal auditor, Thakkar brings to FCA more than 20 years of financial leadership expertise both in the U.S. and in Canada. She has held key positions at McKesson Corporation (#5 on the Fortune 500 ranking), where she served as senior director of Investor Relations (2013-2106) and senior director, Internal Audit (2011-2013).

“We are thrilled to welcome Rita Thakkar as our newest board member,” said FCA President/Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds. “Rita’s credentials and financial background are assets to our organization. I am confident that her leadership will help to enhance the delivery of high-quality programs and vital services throughout our network.”

Drew Crowley, Board Chair, FCA, said of the recent appointment, “The FCA Board welcomes Rita Thakkar to the team and we look forward to learning from her knowledge and expertise to help further FCA’s mission.” Crowley continued, “Rita’s wealth of experience in finance will be instrumental in guiding FCA through the many hurdles being faced by health and human service agencies across Long Island. Welcome to the FCA Family, Rita!”

Thakkar began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto and went on to serve as chief audit executive of Kendle International Inc., in the global healthcare/pharmaceutical sector.  She holds a degree in accounting from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and has completed executive leadership programs at McKesson and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

She has also been active in several professional and not-for-profit organizations, and currently serves as a Governor of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Long Island, NY Chapter.

“FCA is a remarkable organization that helps thousands of Long Islanders obtain much-needed support to build better lives, and I am looking forward to playing a part in its ongoing success,” Thakkar said.


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About Family and Children’s Association (FCA)

Family & Children’s Association is a not-for-profit agency helping nearly 25,000 of our neighbors each year. For more than 130 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.

Through an integrated network of services and counseling, FCA provides help and hope to under-served and disadvantaged individuals struggling to build better lives. FCA offers Addiction Prevention, Treatment & Recovery Services, Residential Services, Children’s Mental Health Services, Preventive Services and Adult & Senior Services.

FCA has been nationally recognized as a model of excellence, fiscally sound, well-managed and possessing an impeccable reputation in providing community-based social services. The agency embraces more than 200 individual volunteers, corporate groups, community groups and sponsors who join together to be part of something bigger than them.

For more information about FCA, please visit

Family & Children’s Association is dedicated to protecting and strengthening Long Island’s most vulnerable children, seniors, families, and communities. We offer assistance to those who are experiencing social, emotional, and economic challenges.

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Client Stories

  • NY Sharks Football Player Mentors FCA Youth

    Family & Children’s Association’s (FCA) Lakeview House recently teamed up with Long Island Youth Mentoring to make one resident’s dream come true. Lakeview… Read More

  • Teen Thrives at Walkabout

    NB came to FCA’s Walkabout house a little over a year ago. Coming up with a plan that fit with the mission of building independent living skills… Read More

  • Alzheimer’s Caregiver Gain Support

    Story told by FCA Alzheimer’s Caregiver program staff… “Alice and her husband were married in the Middle East and moved to New York when their children were… Read More

  • Family Support: Holiday Joy

    Family Support worker Marie Olivier provided one of her clients with a Christmas miracle: “On December 18th, 2017, I had the opportunity to witness the greatest smiles on my client’s faces. I signed up a family, Brandon and Amanda, for the Adopt-a-Family program because I felt they… Read More

  • Integrative Care at HERTURN

    Maria engaged with FCA’s HERTURN program desperate and clueless with how to move forward in her life. HERTURN’s professional case managers warmly welcomed… Read More

  • FCA Is My Safe Space

    Laura has been a client at FCA’s Hempstead Family Treatment & Recovery Center (FT&RC) since late summer, 2017.  When she first engaged with substance use treatment she… Read More

  • Successful Treatment After Two DWIs

    Arjun, 33, was referred to FCA’s Hicksville Family Treatment & Recovery Center (FT&RC) for a chemical dependency evaluation by one of our referring legal entities. Arjun acquired… Read More

  • Prioritizing Recovery

    Samantha, 43, referred herself to FCA’s Hicksville Family Treatment & Recovery Center (FT&RC) for after-care treatment following 30-day rehabilitation at Nassau University Medical Center. Samantha described herself… Read More

  • Gratitude for a Friendly Visitor

    A message to client’s Friendly Visitor: “I’m calling to wish you, your beautiful daughter and your loving caring mother a Happy Hanukkah. And… Read More

  • FCA Helps Keep Seniors Warm During Winter Months

    When John Larrieu was faced with financial challenges in 2014,  he turned to Family & Children’s Association (FCA) to ease the struggles of… Read More

  • Jonathan: A Fresh Start

    I am Jonathan and I am 21 years old.  Both my parents abused drugs while my siblings and I were growing up with… Read More

  • Alejandra: Leaving Home Behind for Safety

    My Name is Alejandra, I am 15 years old from El Salvador.  The last grade I completed was 5th grade. I remember that I enjoyed going to school. My parents… Read More

  • Senior & Friendly Visitor

    With her vibrant smile radiating throughout the home she and her late husband first moved into back in 1970, 86 year-old Sadie Lloyd’s… Read More

  • Graduating High School

    The end of school and the beginning of summer brings graduation day for many. Families gather and celebrate yet another milestone as their… Read More

  • Valentine’s Day – Smiles for FCA’s Seniors

    Verizon Fios1 Long Island Valentines Day Story: From FCA’s Youngest to our Eldest – Heart and Soul February 2017 brought many smiles to seniors across Nassau County. A… Read More

  • Homeless Teen Fights for Her Future

    While most 17 year olds were thinking about their high school graduation or contemplating which college they will go to in the fall, Jessica* was struggling with… Read More

  • Nursery Co-op Program

    Dear Miss Lynn, I am writing this letter in appreciation of your nursing program at Family and Children’s Association. All of the teachers Lynn Vanderhall, Ana Castillo,… Read More

  • Rent Assistance

    Thank you so much for the assistance on my rent. I was in a rough patch in my life being a single mom with 2 boys. I… Read More

  • SAGE Group

    I was referred to FCA by Kings County Family Court after my arrest for assault with intent to harm and endangering the welfare of a child. I was… Read More

  • Rebuilding Our Family

    We were at a loss of how to deal with our son Branden, a boy we hardly recognized. The good student who laughed easily had become sullen… Read More

  • Set for a Bright Future

    Nachela came to us back in 2011 at the age of 14 because she was suffering from neglect: she was not enrolled in… Read More

  • My Life Matters

    I am the only child of a teenage mother who was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. During my childhood I felt depressed,… Read More

  • Keeping My Granddaughter Safe

    My ten-year-old granddaughter Iyona lives with me, and sometimes she wishes she had her mother, father, sister and brother to play with. Her parents are not able… Read More

  • Getting Back to Normal

    After giving birth to my third child, my joy quickly turned to fear when I was told that my new baby would require multiple surgeries to correct… Read More

  • From Foster Child to Grateful Mom

    I was placed in foster care at a very young age. I lived with my first foster family until the age of 10… Read More

  • Saving Our Family

    For my family, the last fourteen weeks have been a rollercoaster ride and not the fun kind. We were at a loss of how to deal with… Read More

  • Fleeing Violence

    In 2006, my family made the difficult decision to leave our home in Iraq because of increasing violence and death threats. We had to leave everything we… Read More

  • Finishing High School

    I promised my daughter that one day I would finish high school and even though I’m 50 years old, I decided it was time to get my… Read More

  • Fighting For My Country

    I was 19 when I became homeless back in 2013. My dad, stepmom and I were fighting so much that they finally asked me to leave their… Read More

  • Back On My Feet

    When I was 70 years old, living alone and dealing with Diabetes, I fell and injured my neck and was placed on a ventilator for six weeks.… Read More

  • A Home Of Our Own

    After years of suffering physical, financial, and emotional abuse from my husband, I finally found the strength to divorce him. After the divorce, however, I was unable… Read More


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