Care Connection Inc. is pleased to sponsor the
2007 U8 Girls Soccor Team in Barrie, ON.
NEWS & PRESS RELEASES
Barrie, May 2010, Family Care Connection Customer
Family Care Connection Nanny Agency is pleased to
announce their new owner - Jodi Nicholson. Jodi is
a former Barrie Nursery School teacher and has
over 20 years experience as an Early Childhood
Educator. FCC invites you to Help them celebrate
Customer Appreciation month during the month of
May as they welcome old and new customers alike to
fill out a ballot for a beautiful spring
arrangement made by Michelle @ Home Interiors. FCC
is Canada’s premier Nanny Service & Child Care
Agency specializing in local Child Care Providers,
live-out or live-in Nannies, Mother’s Helpers,
Baby Sitters, and Elderly care which services
Barrie, Orillia, Simcoe County and York Region.
Jodi is proud to offer the same great service;
with a fresh new face. For more info please call
here for article.
Barrie Advance, August 4th,
When Susan Racco-Brewin,
owner of Family Care Connection, got a call from a
client looking for a “Granny Nanny” the name
“The correct term for what we offer is an
eldercare companion,” she said. “We match clients
with someone who can either live-in and help make
sure things run smoothly.”
The live-in companion can make sure clients take
medication on time, get to their hair appointment,
remember to turn off the stove and many other
“I was getting calls from the children who don’t
live nearby and they want their mother or father
to be attended to,” Racco-Brewin said. “These are
people who are able-bodied and don’t need to go to
a nursing home, but their children are worried
about them. What if they fell?”
Family Care Connection covers all of Simcoe
County, offering nannies, childcare, mother’s
helpers, babysitters and home daycare. They also
offer eldercare companions that can work half
The company hires local staff with some
care-giving education and experience, Racca-Brewin
“If you are a personal support worker and you
don’t want to work in a group home, what do you
do? This is something different,” she said. “It’s
a friend. It’s someone who is there everyday that
you can build trust with. Obviously if they had
children that were around, their children would be
in there helping out with these things.”
Family Care Connection charges the client a
registration fee. The fee covers the screening
process and the interviews. Once the company has
found some suitable candidates, they are sent to
meet the family.
“We can tell you that they are qualified, but the
family needs to connect with the personality,”
Family Care Connection has a lot to celebrate this
year. The Barrie-based Nanny and Childcare Agency
is celebrating 5 years in business. To say thank
you to the community they decided to give back to
one of their favourite charities - Rainbows
Canada. Their business deals directly with parents
and children and often times they refer families
to Rainbows which is a non-profit organization
providing counseling and support to grieving
children who have lost a parent to death, divorce,
incarceration, or foster care. To help celebrate
their anniversary and the grand opening of their
downtown location, they are accepting donations
toward the charity - come by and meet the staff at
23 Worsley Street, and sign a rainbow for a toonie.
In addition, Family Care Connection will be
donating a percentage of their April and May
profits to Rainbows. Click
here for the article.
The Sudbury Star,
Friday, December 20, 2006
Company can get you a nanny
A Barrie-based national
nanny agency has expanded its reach to Greater
Family Care Connection Nanny Agency, which is
owned and operated by Susan Racco-Brewin (a mother
and entrepreneur), can be called upon locally by
way of Barbara Polowich, the company's new Sudbury
Family Care Connection Nanny Agency is a referral
service that sends pre-screened, police
check-verified individuals to a home, either on
full-time, part-time or occasional basis.
Established in 2004, it operates in 33 Canadian
cities and towns and offers child-care providers,
live-out and live-in nannies, mother's helpers,
babysitters and elderly care.
A parent can request any schedule and an early
childhood educator or equivalent will look after
children, feed them and bring crafts and
activities. The child or children get to stick to
their routines and continue a schedule in a
Polowich and Racco-Brewin were both unavailable
for comment Tuesday. In a news release,
Racco-Brewin said being able to line-up a
child-care provider in a pinch is priceless.
"You cannot put a price tag on this kind of peace
of mind," she said.
Polowich can be reached at 521-6782.
Family Care Connection Nanny Agency's website is
located at www.familycareconnectionnanny.com.
Chronicle Journal, Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Bad Experience Leads to New Company
By Jim Kelly
Former Thunder Bay resident Susan Racco-Brewin has
founded an organization because of personal
she and her husband moved to Barrie in 1999, she
found herself in a new city with a six-week old
colicky baby. She was frustrated there were
no agencies that could send a helping hand to her
led to an idea in 2004 to create Family Care
Connection Inc. of which she is owner and
is now established in 33 Canadian cities and
townships, and will soon be operating in Thunder
Bay. Billed as “ Canada’s Premier Nanny
Service and Child care Agency,” it specializes in
child care providers, live-out or live-in nannies,
mother’s helpers, babysitters, and elderly care.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Local companies redo transitional city group home
Family Care Connection Inc. and Newcastle
Interiors organized a make-over of the interior
and exterior of a transitional home in Barrie,
used by women and children who are leaving abusive
After a busy year, the house has been home for
more than four families and 10 children, and as
such it is in need of a little T.L.C., said Claire
Nagy, owner of Newcastle Interiors.
interior redesign was designed to create a feeling
of harmony and flow for its newest incoming
residents. The home received a make-over including
new paint, mural design, art, accessories and
updated furniture to freshen-up the overlook look
of the home's interior.
renovation involved volunteer students from across
North America through a youth program called
SERVE, which offers young people the opportunity
to volunteer in projects that allow them to
provide services such as home repair or food and
women with children we understand the intrinsic
need for a safe living environment for our
families," said Nagy, adding, "The house provides
exceptional service for women and children in need
of housing and support, and if we can help by
lifting their spirit and giving them a home that
not only meets their needs for shelter, but meets
their psychological appreciation of comfort and
beauty, our work is done."
can't imagine a more rewarding experience then
giving back to the community. We are very excited
to have this opportunity to help the shelter
clients in such a way," said Susan Racco-Brewin,
owner of Family Care Connection. "Helping women
and children have the simple comforts in life is
our mission through this project. Through working
with this organization, we will meet our goal."
North Bay Nugget, Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Caregivers come right into clients' homes
has expanded to North Bay.
founded two years ago by Susan Racco-Brewin, sends
qualified day-care providers to clients' homes.
parent can request any schedule and there are no
minimum hour requirements. Each caregiver is
screened and must have a current criminal record
check, as well as an up-to-date CPR and first aid
certificate. "If a new mom just needs
a break during the day, or would like someone to
feed baby during the night, we have mother's
helpers available," said Racco-Brewin. "Shift
workers and full-time care is available without
waiting lists, and the fees are quite reasonable."
average costs is about $64 a day.
caregiver drives to and from the home, tidies up
and make meals.
information on how to obtain a free assessment,
call 497-3336 or visit the website
The Barrie Advance,
August 5, 2004
New firm helps set up child care in your
Family Care Connection Inc. has opened its doors
to connect families with child-care providers in
the Simcoe County area. Family Care Connection’s
focus is on finding “in-home” child-care
providers. That means nannies, sitters and
mother’s helpers will come to your home to provide
full-time, part-time and even occasional care.
According to Susan Racco-Brewin, owner of Family
Care Connection, this concept allows for
flexibility and convenience - a new mom can get
support from a mother’s helper once a week or
working mom can find a full-time local live-out
Caregivers are screened for experience, CPR, first
aid and criminal record - helping to take the
stress and fuss out of finding good childcare in
the community. “And the great part is that
finding excellent in-home care is much more
affordable than what people may think,” said
Racco-Brewin. “Family Care Connection believes
that everyone deserves good care in the comfort of
their own home – gone are the days when only the
very wealthy can afford this kind of care. With
competitive fees a family can often hire a nanny
or sitter for the same price as regular out- side
the home daycare,” she said. “When I moved to
Barrie in 1999 with my husband and six-week-old
baby, I didn’t know a soul,” said Racco-Brewin. “I
remember wishing there were more services
available to new moms in Barrie and wondered who
to turn to when I needed a break.”
Family Care Connection also provides opportunities
for individuals who are looking for a career in
child-care. They recruit professionals with Early
Childhood Education, teaching, nursing, tutoring,
and eldercare experience. Interviews are ongoing
and interested individuals can apply online.
Barrie Examiner, August 27, 2005
Day care search: Unable to find the help
she needed, this woman filled the niche herself
You’re new in town looking for daycare. Where do
you even begin? That was the million-dollar
question when Susan Racco-Brewin, 35, moved to
town five years ago.
“If you want someone to come to your home, there’s
nothing,” said the 35-year-old mother of now six
year old daughter, and three-and-half-year old
Racco-Brewin moved to Barrie from Alberta, her
daughter was a very demanding baby with colic.
“I just needed someone to come to the home for
even a couple of hours so I could get some sleep,”
she groaned at the memory.
Five years later, she’s sitting in her office,
hooked up to her database of dozens of full and
part-time nannies and mothers helpers.
her nannies are CPR and first aid trained, they
all have had police checks done and the majority
of them are certified in early childcare or
personal support workers.
One woman in particular needed exactly the
services Racco-Brewin was offering.
“She needed someone to come in because her
(newborn) baby was waking up to 12 times a night
to be fed. I found her someone who’d come and stay
overnight and do the night feedings. Other women
just want a few hours to themselves to garden or
do some shopping. We have people who will do all
those things.” Part of her success is her
extensive database. With names of already
Connection-certified nannies on call, some
families find help within a matter of hours.
Another avenue she’s recently opened up across
Canada is a listing of 18-25 year old babysitters.
They too have their CPR and police checks and many
of them are college aged, just looking to help
boost their pocket books.
new extension to her business is now focusing on
elder-care. The same services are available for a
child who is looking after their parents, or
worried about their parents being left alone while
they’re at work.
While we were setting up her photo, a man called
Racco-Brewin looking for someone to live with his
mother, a live-in if possible. Racco-Brewin
took his name and number and added if she didn’t
have someone in her database, she’d personally run
an advertisement looking for help. “I really don’t
say no to anyone. If I don’t’ have someone right
away, I’ll find them. That’s my business.”