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Connecticut Foster Care and
Thanks for considering adoption and/or fostering. Please feel free to contact the Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents, Inc.
- Phone (Teléfono):1-888-543-4376 (KIDHERO)
- Email (Correo Electrónico): email@example.com
Things You Should Know
- Foster and Adoption Licensing Requirements
- Agency Contact and Orientation Information
- Parent Support Group Contacts
- Information on Connecticut's Waiting Children
Connecticut’s children are primarily in care because of abuse or neglect. They come from all ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. They are individual children as well as sibling groups. Ages of the children range from infant to 18 years old.
As a prospective parent, you are expected to be a role model for the child, develop positive self-esteem, assist in the transportation to and from medical appointments, and provide educational support. The minimum qualifications are:
- You must be 21 or older
- Able to provide a loving, supportive home environment
- Have sufficient income to meet your own financial needs
- Must be of good character (local police and FBI check required)
- Able to attend 10-week training program with modified programs possibly available (couples, including partners, are required to become licensed and attend all training sessions)
- Must have a completed homestudy
- Have two or more bedrooms in home (foster children can share the same bedroom with a child of similar age and sex, but not the same bed)
The benefits to adoption are:
- No legal fees for public adoptions
- Financial and medical benefits are available for the child until adoption is finalized
- Eligibility for adoption tax credit
Detailed information about foster care licensing requirements, orientation sessions, and children available for adoption can be found at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.
A full list of child-placing agencies licensed by Connecticut Department of Children and Families is available here.
A number of private agencies have contracts with the department to provide foster care for children who have extraordinary emotional, behavioral, or medical needs. Foster parents approved by these agencies receive on-going support and training. These agencies operate under somewhat different treatment models so expectations, training, and monthly reimbursement to foster parents may vary. The following private agencies have programs for children with exceptional needs and would welcome you to contact them.
- ‘r kids Family Center
Contact: Randi Rubin-Rodriguez
Address: 45 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511
- A Better World Adoptions
Address: 74 Batterson Park Road, Farmington, CT, 06032
- Boys and Girls Village
Address: 528 Wheelers Farms Road, Milford, CT 06461
- Catholic Charities Diocese of Htfd/Rhill, Inc.
Address: 13 Wolcott Street, Waterbury, CT 06702
- Community Residences, Inc.
Contact: Brittney Kilfeather
Phone: 860-621-1600, Ext. 117
Address: 732 West Street, Suite 12, Southington, CT 06489
- Community Health Resources
Contact: Suzanne Gile
Phone: 860-646-3888 ext. 356
Address: 587 East Middle Turnpike, Manchester, CT 06040
Contact: Sandra Gifford
Phone: 860-456-3215 ext. 119
Address: 1491 West Main Street, Willimantic, CT 06226
- Dare Family Services
Contact: Jeremy Smith
Address: 1184 Burnside Avenue, Suite E, East Hartford, CT 06108
Family and Children’s Agency
Foster Care Contact: Debbie Tadduni, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adoption Contact: Mary Kate Locke, email@example.com
Address: 9 Mott Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850
Institute of Professional Practice
Contact: Tom Murphy
Local Phone: 203-317-2700 ext. 112
Toll-Free Phone: 888-968-4489 ext.112
Address: 538 Preston Avenue, Meriden, CT 06450
Jewish Family Services
Contact: Elaine Benevides
Phone: 203-389-5599, ext. 115
Address: 1440 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515
Luthern Community Service of Southern New England
Address: 2139 Silas Deane Hwy, Suite 201, Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Contact: Dr. Lori Snow
Address: 29 W. Main Street, #101, Avon, CT, 06001
Most families want the support of others who have had the experience of fostering and adoption. A current list of all support groups in Connecticut can be found through the Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents.
On any given day, there are more than 4,000 children in foster care, many of whom are in need of permanent homes. To learn more about children available for adoption, please contact the Connecticut Department of Children and Families by calling 800-842-6347. Those who live out of state can email firstname.lastname@example.org.