Parenthood—How to Maintain Your Sanity Despite Your Kids with Norm Bossio

SMART: Southbury & Middlebury Acting Responsibly Together—and the Newtown Parent Connection—invite all parents and caregivers to attend an UNFORGETTABLE forum…

Norm Bossio is a tremendously gifted speaker who has enlightened and entertained thousands of participants. Back in our area by popular demand, Mr. Bossio offers a presentation you won’t want to miss!

Speaking from expertise and experience, this former teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent has a very powerful message for parents with children of all ages. Author of, “How to Stay Motivated on the Deck ofthe Titanic”, Mr. Bossio has also appeared on PBS and speaks nationally and internationally. Come learn and laugh as Norm explores the trials and triumphs of parenthood.




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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