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CT Foster/Adopt Manual

Foster Care
Foster Care Services Best Practice Guide
Give the Gift of Adoption!
Heart Gallery of Connecticut’s children waiting for an adoptive family
Heart Gallery Exhibit Schedule
Heart Gallery of America (Children waiting to be adopted)
Interstate Compacts Overview
Medical Insurance - COBRA pamphlet
Medical Insurance - Open Enrollment Application
Medically Complex Program Changes (effective 2014)
Open House Calendar
Permanency Placement Services Program
Trainings (Online, For Foster and Adoptive Parents)
Why Foster or Adopt?

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About Us

The Department of Children and Families has taken great strides over the last several years to improve how we serve vulnerable children and families in Connecticut. But, we have not done so alone. No one has been more instrumental in that progress than our foster parents.  

Beyond question, foster parents have complex roles caring for children with often complicated lives. What is far less complex is what motivates them to become foster parents.  They say it is simple: they love kids, and the children need them. 

 

Parents who adopt children and provide foster care say it's the most fulfilling and important thing they've ever done. As a foster or adoptive parent, you'll have the chance to make a REAL difference -- to do something that will have lasting importance.

 

Children waiting to be adopted and children living in temporary foster care need adults in their lives to let them know they matter. They need parents to be positive role models and teach them to ride a bike, or pick out a prom dress, or talk about what happened in school each day. They need adults who care.

At the Department of Children and Families, we hope you'll consider stepping forward. If you do, we'll be by your side to provide training, financial assistance, and social workers to support you.   

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Behavioral Health Services (BHP) for DCF Children in Foster Care

The Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership (CT BHP) is a program that will improve the behavioral health care for children and families who are enrolled HUSKY A and HUSKY B Programs as well as providing some limited services for children enrolled in DCF Voluntary services.

DCF and DSS contracted with Beacon Health to be the Administrative Services Organization (ASO) for the CT BHP.  An ASO is an organization with special expertise in behavioral health service management that can authorize and monitor various types and levels of care, track payment and collect data on consumers and providers who are enrolled in the CT BHP.

CT BHP is not a provider of behavioral health services, but rather a tool for management of behavioral health care for HUSKY members.

DCF kids who are HUSKY members and have behavioral health needs are eligible for services such as outpatient therapy, inpatient psychiatric hospital, home-based therapies such as IICAPS.  CT BHP is contacted by providers to assess the child's clinical need and authorize the appropriate level of care to meet the child's needs in the least restrictive setting.

Foster Care Disruption Pilot Project - CT BHP gets intensively involved with children who are in first time foster placement.  Currently piloted at the following area offices:  Hartford, New Britain, Norwich, Waterbury, and Manchester.  CT BHP Intensive Care Managers work with staff at the area office to coordinate about getting kids into behavioral health treatment if they need it. CT BHP Peer Specialists work with the foster parents to help them navigate the system and provide support to keep the placement intact.

  • Intensive Care Managers (ICM) - behavioral health clinicians that work with the most complex behavioral health issues.   Coordinate with providers and DCF to help connect to care
  • Peer Specialists - CT BHP staff that have experienced behavioral health issues themselves or in family members.  Work directly with families to provide support

*The services of Intensive Care Managers and Peer Specialists are not just available to those children eligible for the pilot project.  Any child that has HUSKY and therefore has behavioral health benefits through the CT BHP is able to have the services of the ICM or peer specialist.  The child's therapist/counselor, parent, guardian, DCF worker, foster care worker can call the CT BHP and make a request.

Telephone 1-877-552-8247   www.ctbhp.com/

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Contact Us

The first step in becoming a licensed foster or adoptive parent is to call 1-888-KID-HERO.  

Adoption:  For information regarding Adoption please contact Anne Marie Stonoha at AnneMarie.Stonoha@ct.gov

Foster Care:  For Information about please contact Jacqueline Ford at Jacqueline.Ford@ct.gov

Subsidies:  For all other information relating to adoption or relative guardianship subsidies, please contact Deanna McIntosh at 860-550-6608 or deanna.mcintosh@ct.gov

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HeartGalleryLogoHeart Gallery Exhibit Schedule

The below locations highlight the full gallery or a portion of the gallery. The most updated pictures and stories can be found on our website.  The Department is very appreciative of our community partners who help us highlight our children.  If any business is interested in hosting the Heart Gallery, please contact Jacqueline Ford at jacqueline.ford@ct.gov.

 

January / February 2018

  • Silk City Coffee Shop, Manchester
  • Sweet Harmony, Middletown
  • Children's Museum, West Hartford
  • St. Theresa Church, North Haven


A Special THANK YOU to Jordan's Furniture! 
Jordan's Furniture, in New Haven,  is a wonderful community partner. We value their continued commitment to helping our Heart Gallery children find their forever home.

* Heart Gallery Care Books are in many of our CT doctor and dentist offices, as well as other public waiting room areas.

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Why Foster or Adopt?

We all have love to give!

One foster/adoptive father answers it best: "Kids show you how beautiful life can be." He goes on to say: "It's about having a family. When you get these kids in your house, you can't help but fall in love."

Parents who adopt children and provide foster care say it's the most fulfilling and important thing they've ever done. As a foster or adoptive parent, you'll have the chance to make a REAL difference -- to do something that will have lasting importance.

Children waiting to be adopted and children living in temporary foster care need adults in their lives to let them know they matter. They need parents to be positive role models and teach them to ride a bike, or pick out a prom dress, or talk about what happened in school each day. They need adults who care.

At the Department of Children and Families, we hope you'll consider stepping forward. If you do, we'll be by your side to provide training, financial assistance, and social workers to support you.

Help take a child from "longing" to "belonging." Call 1-888-KID-HERO to find out more. 

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Give the Gift of Adoption!

The Department of Children and Families wants to let Connecticut families know there are children right here in our state who need families to call their own for a lifetime.  Did you know that over 500 children are adopted from the Connecticut foster care system every year?  Adopting through DCF is a wonderful way to build your family and create a lifelong relationship with a child.

 

The months of November and December are spent preparing for holidays and enjoying the anticipation of a New Year beginning.  Families gather round and reflect back on the year ending; and look forward to what may occur next.  They eagerly anticipate the reactions of their loved ones, when they hand out their expressly selected presents.  In this season of reflection and thankfulness, families count their blessings and children look forward to the fun and festivities to come. 

 

Children in DCF’s care have much of the same desires and aspirations as any other child; however, their most fervent wish is a gift which cannot be purchased at any store.  What is the biggest gift a child could have that does not cost a dime?  What would make them sigh into a blissful, contented sleep at night?  What could possibly make a teenager put down the electronic devices and choose to be part of hearth and home? 

 

The answer is simple……actually having a home and family where they can enjoy the feeling of connectedness, and belief in the knowledge they will belong somewhere for a lifetime.  The gift of belonging in a family, who will stand by them through life’s up and downs, will provide them the nest from which they can venture out into the world and spread their wings.  Adopting a child or sibling group through DCF is a lifetime gift for both them and your family. 

 

When one usually thinks about adoption, visions of babies and nurseries most often come to mind.  However; adopting from the state foster care system is one possible way to create - or enrich - your family.  DCF is always seeking adoptive families to parent children from all backgrounds, and of every age.  We are especially in need of families who can care for sibling groups, teenagers and children with complex medical needs. 

 

As we are all preparing to gather those we love around us for the holiday season, there are children in Connecticut grappling with the thought they will not be with their own brothers or sisters today, tomorrow or sometimes forever.  Separating siblings is never something DCF wants to do, but the lack of families who can care for multiple children is a reality.  Taking in siblings and creating an “instant family” is a large undertaking; however, it is incredibly wonderful to be able to maintain the close connection brothers and sisters share.   

 

Have your children all moved on to their own lives, leaving you missing the happy chaos of parenting?  Think about opening your home and heart to an older youth who needs a loving family to help them become a successful adult.  Teens are often forgotten when a family thinks about adoption.  They may only need to live in your home for a short time before they move on and become independent; but they need a family for a lifetime.

 

When thinking about adopting children with complex medical needs, some believe you are required to have a medical background.  Certainly, children with these challenges require a different level of parenting, but families are given specific training and are provided all the information they need to learn about the medical concerns and to prepare for becoming parents.  Supports are in place to assure the overall well being of the family.

 

Many might think you need to own a home, be married, have already parented, or have a medical background to become an adoptive parent; but none of that is true.  The process is free and only “costs” your time and commitment.  DCF provides training and support throughout the process.  Upon placement into your home you receive a medical and financial subsidy and most children are eligible for this subsidy to continue after the finalization of the adoption, until young adulthood.  Support services are also available through DCF Voluntary Services and the Adoption Assistance program.  DCF also offers college financial assistance. 

 

The children highlighted on our Heart Gallery website represent the many children in need of families who will come forward to claim them as their own.  You can read all about these and other children by going to our website:  http://www.portal.ct.gov/DCF/CTFosterAdopt/Heart-Gallery.  Some children are ready to walk into their adoptive families’ homes right now and still others need families to come forward and commit to them while the legal work is completed. 

 

You are only a phone call away from starting the process to make a positive change in the life of a child and your family forever.  There is no need to go overseas; or even out of state, to adopt.  There are children right in your own backyard who need you.

 

Learn more about how you can become a foster or adoptive parent through DCF by calling 1-888-KID-HERO!