Cathy Osten


Cathy Osten



April 19, 2017

Osten Named 2017 Family Legislator of the Year

CT Council of Family Service Agencies recognizes Sen. Osten’s exceptional advocacy, dedicated service, and unwavering commitment to families

photo of Senator Osten.

State Senator Cathy Osten (D-Sprague) was honored today by the CT Council of Family Service Agencies (CCFSA) with its 29th Annual Family Legislator of the Year Award in recognition of her “exceptional advocacy, dedicated service, and her unwavering commitment to the health, safety and well-being of Connecticut’s children and families.”

“Senator Osten is a true champion for human services and in particular for the essential safety net services provided by our network of family service agencies,” said Alyssa Goduti, President and CEO of the CCFSA. “Despite the challenging budget situation, Cathy continues to fight for vital programs and policies that support children and families to find hope for brighter futures. We are grateful for Senator Osten’s efforts on behalf of the CCFSA and the children and families that we serve.”

“Cathy’s continuous outreach to seniors, her fight for the middle class, and her desire for open government and environmental integrity continually demonstrate that her focus is on improving communities,” said Diane Manning, Board Chair of the CCFSA.

“I’m truly honored to receive this award from the CCFSA; they do fantastic work on issues that are priorities for me, like safety net services, support for the elderly, behavioral healthcare, housing, and family supports,” said Sen. Osten. “I’ve often said that I want to be a loud voice for people who cannot be heard up here at the State Capitol. I think it’s important for people to remember and to realize sometimes when they encounter someone less fortunate than themselves, there but for the grace of God go I.”

The Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies, Inc. is a statewide network of fifteen independent, non-profit, family service agencies that deliver services to over 180,000 families annually, with the support of nearly 5,000 dedicated employees and more than 4,000. Member Agencies are community-based, licensed by the state and nationally accredited. Governed by volunteer boards of directors from their respective communities, Family Service Agencies have been effectively serving Connecticut families for more than 100 years.

For more information about CCFSA, please visit their website