A Chance to Be Apart Our Community's Day of Giving!

Parent Connection is excited to again partake in the Fairfield County Giving Day being held, digitally on Thursday, February 25th.

In recognizing the year we’ve had with repercussions of Covid-19, self-isolation along with greater abuse of substances, the work of our organization to assist families and individuals through these times is crucial. Essential, really.

Our sole mission is to educate and empower our community in the prevention of substance abuse and to embrace families in crisis.

While this 24-hour period is about “giving”, we’re hopeful that it will bring more awareness to individuals seeking help or for family members not knowing where to turn. We’re here for you. It’s what we do.

Parent Connection originated in Newtown in 1993 after my own son became addicted and subsequently died at age 28 of a prescription drug overdose.

We have now expanded our Hope & Support groups into Fairfield/Milford, Watertown/Waterbury and our main group being Newtown. It’s why we’ve changed our website to CTParentConnection.org – because we recognize this isn’t solely a one community issue. There’s a need in every community.

If you’re able to contribute this Giving Day, we encourage you to do so. If now’s not the time – we get that too – but we’re hopeful you’ll take the time to learn more about who we are and how we can help.

To learn more and contribute on February 25th visit https://www.fcgives.org/organizations/newtown-parent-connection-inc ."





Mailing Address
PO Box 187
Newtown, CT 06470

Office and Meeting Address
2 Washington Square
Fairfield Hills
Newtown, CT 06470

Mission Statement

The mission of the Newtown Parent Connection is to educate and empower the community in the prevention of substance abuse and to embrace families in crisis.

Support Groups

Hope & Support

A weekly gathering for parents and caregivers with children or loved one's affected by substance use/abuse. This group provides a confidential venue to receive information and support concerning how to handle their child's or loved one's suspected or confirmed use of substances. Facilitated by an experienced drug & alcohol counselor.

Meeting Information Here

A compassionate venue for those

who have lost a child or other loved one due to catastrophic circumstances. The group is facilitated by a licensed therapist.
Meeting Information Here

First Wednesday of month
7:00 to 8:30 pm


Founder & Executive Director

Dorrie Carolan and her husband raised their four children in Newtown, CT. Starting the Parent Connection was never part of her plan.

The issue of substance abuse became personal when her eldest son, Brian, became addicted and subsequently died at age 28 of a prescription drug overdose. Through the struggles caused by Brian's addiction, Dorrie became aware that this was an issue that affected many others in the community. She founded the Parent Connection in 1993 in an attempt to network with other concerned Newtown parents. It was the impetus behind many policy changes in town and within the schools.

Our Board of Directors is a committed body of volunteers who support our mission to keep the youth of Newtown safe and substance free.

Dorrie Carolan  - Executive Director

Joseph Hemingway - President 

Gene Vetrano- Vice President

Frank Crudo- Treasurer

Kevin Carolan -Secretary

Maggie Conway

David Cooper

Anne Dalton

Kathleen Moonan

Ken Rodbell

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