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Connecticut Family Support Network Honors SARAH Inc. KIDSTEPS and Grove School
Posted on February 27th, 2015

February 25, 2015:  Connecticut Family Support Network (CTFSN) hosted an award ceremony honoring SARAH Inc. KIDSTEPS and Grove School for their collaborative efforts and continued support to families with children of differing abilities. 
Open Playgroup began on the shoreline in 2011 with two parents who wanted the opportunity for their children to play with others who understood them.  The group first began in the warmer months with a few families who met at community settings such as school play grounds and town beaches.  The group soon grew to about 30 families and as the winter started approaching they began searching for indoor opportunities and more support.  It just so happened that representatives from SARAH KIDSTEPS, Grove School, and CTFSN attended a local community breakfast and realized they all had the same interests.
Each Saturday, Grove School students engage the children in all sorts of activities and play with an endless supply of donated toys.  While the children are happy playing together, the parents get a chance to socialize with other parents who all have the same interests.  KIDSTEPS and CTFSN bring information about resources and current events with them each week to share with parents.  This not only provides support free of charge, but also works to help build a community of networks by providing parents the opportunity to further connect with other parents beyond the group.
SARAH Inc. has been providing services and supports to differently abled children and adults since 1957.  For more information about SARAH Inc. visit

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