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As a mother and advocate, Selma N. Ward is passionate about all children and their health. She brings that passion to her position as the first woman to lead The Children’s Center of Hamden as its Chief Executive Officer.
The Children’s Center is 186 years old and provides a wide range of mental and behavioral health services to youth and their families. Ward believes all the children and youth served by the center deserve the chance to build a solid foundation for their future success and that no child, or young adult, should be defined by the circumstances they find themselves in, often through no fault of their own.
“Basic human decency, requires us to meet our responsibilities to the youth in our communities and nowhere is that commitment more evident than here at the Children’s Center,” Ward says.
Ward’s goal is to stay true to the original vision of the center that was built on the work of women who advocated for the needs of children facing difficult social and family challenges in the early part of the 19th Century. Today, the mission is measured with outcome based programs that address the needs of children and their families.
Prior to joining The Children’s Center of Hamden, Ward held positions in administration and fi- nance for a number of important Connecticut non-profits including; The Urban League of Greater Hartford, the Rectory School in Pomfret, and Perception Programs, Inc. in Willimantic.