Divorce support group needed in New Canaan, officials say

New Canaan needs a divorce support group, say social services officials.

The town had such a group years ago that met at St. Aloysius Church, and there had also been one at the Congregational Church, “but those things kind of dried up,” according to Jackie D’Louhy, coordinator of youth and family services. at the New Canaan Department of Social Services.

“I communicate more with moms in this situation, but I’m sure there are dads as well,” D’Louhy said at the February 3 meeting of the Health & Human Services Commission.

“I found a resource that just started in Darien which is great, it started in Noroton Presbyterian and I’ve just referred three people in the last few weeks but would love to see one here in New Canaan” , D’Louhy said during the meeting, held via videoconference.

“The Domestic Violence Crisis Center is looking to get someone there, they need a social work position and they would offer that as well,” she said. “They work day in and day out with these clients, but they’re having trouble finding people to hire. So we’re going to see if we can get a resume on Facebook Moms, to see if there’s maybe someone who hasn’t worked – maybe a mom has that degree and would like to do this, so I hope we can do it.”

D’Louhy added, “I wish a local church would offer something like this. I know these positions are volunteer based.

The comments came during D’Louhy’s regular monthly update to the Commission. In it, she noted that she had two reports of domestic violence in January and another already in February.

Commissioner Russ Barksdale Jr. said he will relay the information to a local clergy group that has been meeting regularly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commissioner Alicia Meyer said the need for such a group had surfaced in the past on New Canaan Moms, and that she could connect D’Louhy with a member of the Facebook group who is a financial expert who works with divorced women. .

Virginia S. Braud