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Newtown Parent Connection started as a grassroots organization so that parents could network with one another to discuss the drug issues we were facing in our town. We believe that knowledge is power, and by becoming better informed, we can begin to take the steps necessary to prevent or treat the problem. 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. We work with individuals and families to build resiliency and strengthen the connection amongst family members. Strong families help create strong communities. We work in conjunction with town agencies, the schools, religious communities, and police departments, to enlighten our community in order to prevent the use of drugs and alcohol amongst our youth. We offer weekly support groups in Newtown and Fairfield for those who have questions or concerns about their child or loved ones possible or confirmed involvement with substances. We offer a monthly bereavement group for those who have lost a child or loved one due to substance abuse or catastrophic circumstances. We offer a weekly Voices of Hope support group for middle school and high school students who care about someone who uses alcohol and/or drugs where they can safely share their experience and strength. Students will build leadership skills that they can use to help others.

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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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