The project is a program of The Children's Law Center of Connecticut, Inc. and the Connecticut Pro Bono Network in cooperation with the Consolidated School District of New Britain. It is a pre-court intervention designed to divert the filing of a Family with Service Needs (FWSN) petition. Now in its eighth year, this project matches interested attorney volunteers with middle school aged children who are experiencing problems with school attendance. Project experience has shown that in many cases, truancy problems can be alleviated by having a committed adult demonstrating consistent interest in the child’s school attendance and providing a role model for the value of education. In other instances, relatively minor interventions, such as meeting with school personnel to address underlying issues that are causing truancy, or helping the child’s family access available services, have a surprisingly beneficial impact on a child’s school attendance. Our attorney volunteers consistently tell us that their involvement in the Truancy Intervention Project has given them a great deal of personal satisfaction.
Supported by: Consolidated School District of New Britain American Savings Foundation Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin Community Foundation of Greater New Britain Connecticut Bar Association Connecticut Bar Foundation Connecticut Legal Services The Children’s Law Center of Connecticut, Inc.
Members of: Connecticut Pro Bono Network New Britain Youth Network
Project Office: 16 Main Street, New Britain, CT 06051