CFC’s Evan Kaplan and Daughter Charlotte Kaplan to receive the 2014 Devereux Community of Hope Award

This year’s Devereux’s Community of Hope Award will be presented to Evan Kaplan the co-founder of Child and Family Connections and his daughter, Charlotte, who was the inspiration for CFC. The award will be presented at the 3rd Annual Family Resilience Conference on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 from 9am–3pm. The public is invited.

Says Evan about the award,  “I’m so honored to have been recognized in this way by such an esteemed organization like Devereux. The fact that my daughter, who has inspired so many, is being recognized as well, makes me so proud. It’s a testament to young people’s ability to touch and improve the lives of others, including families and individuals striving to live well with parental brain disorders.”

Evan Kaplan, is a long-time Philadelphia resident and a single father with “lived experience”. When Charlotte was nine, she asked if she could share her story and her ‘struggles’ with other kids who are also dealing with mental illnesses within their families. Unable to locate such a program, Evan and Edie Mannion of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania formed CFC to fulfill Charlotte’s request.

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A Short Video: Learning How to Talk

An original short film, tells the inspiring story of Child and Family Connections courtesy of OC87 Recovery Diaries and television station WHYY.

Inspired by a disturbing revelation from his 9 year-old daughter, Learning How To Talk, tells the story of a single father’s recovery from mental illness and institutionalization to the founding Child and Family Connections and how he is using his experience to help other families living with parental mental illness.