Norm Bossio Forum

NORM BOSSIO FORUM FACING PARENTING WITH FAITH AND COURAGE An uplifting evening of humor & insight Tuesday, October 8th at 7 p.m. Newtown Middle School – 11 Queen Street – Newtown, CT

This special new forum will inspire, empower, and entertain as Norm presents a special talk designed to help parents cope with the often daunting responsibilities of parenthood in a world wrought with doubt and fear.  He will present strategies that encourage us in our efforts to raise well-adjusted children.

Insight and wisdom come with years of experience.  Norm Bossio has a remarkable way of infusing humor while enlightening and motivating parents and caregivers; helping them deal with the challenges of today’s world.

Norm Bossio has presented tips on putting family first, talking to teens, and staying motivated despite daily obstacles.  Author of How to Stay Motivated on the Deck of the Titanic, he uses humor to describe the loss of control and helplessness that often characterize family life.  Mr. Bossio is credited with inspiring his audiences and providing them with tools to deal with their stress in more productive and effective ways.

Please join fellow community members for this uplifting evening of humor and insight.




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.

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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.
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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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