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Wheeler Clinic announces that November is National Foster Care Month, a time to consider the many children and youth in need of loving homes either through foster care or adoption. As individuals and families continue to emerge from the long-term challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an urgent need for both foster and adoptive families in Connecticut.

“National Adoption Month shines a light on the children and youth in Connecticut who need loving homes,” said Sharon Pendleton-Ponzani, LCSW, director, Wheeler Foster Care Services. “Foster care or adoption are viable ways to respond to this need. Even though both are very different approaches, with different goals for the child in care, these forms of care can help children find stability, recover from trauma, and find new ways to grow and thrive.”

Wheeler recruits, trains, and supports foster families, and prepares individuals and families for the adoptive process. The organization routinely offers a 10-week virtual course called TIPS-MAPP, Trauma-Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence – Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting, to prepare prospective foster parents and families for the role of fostering a child or youth. A new class will be offered in January 2022. Dates to be announced.

To learn more about Wheeler’s Foster Care programs, call 860.793.7277, or send an email to

About Wheeler’s Foster Care Programs
Wheeler’s Foster Care programs, funded by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, provide 24-hour support to families and youth. Wheeler’s programs provide a higher level of care and resources, including supports to meet the needs of children and youth and help them heal from abuse, neglect, trauma, and more.

For information about Wheeler Foster Care opportunities, call 860.793.7277, email or visit

About Wheeler
Wheeler provides comprehensive solutions that address complex health issues, providing individuals, families, and communities with accessible, innovative care that encourages health, recovery, and growth at all stages of life. Our integrated approach to primary and behavioral health, education, and recovery creates measurable results, positive outcomes, and hopeful tomorrows for more than 50,000 individuals across Connecticut each year. Learn more: