Girls Services

Law Enforcement Partners
National Public Awareness and Events and Resources
Poster - Free Trafficking Posters
Program Guidelines
Programs and Services for Girls in CT
Programs and Services tailored to meet the needs of girls from ethnic and linguistic minority groups    

Self Assessment Tools
Webinar Series on Girls Behavioral Health
Woodbridge Fact Sheet


Articles of Interest

A New Path Appears (PBS Film)
History of the Latina A.R.M.Y., Inc.    

CYL Alerts

Operation Cross Country
Nice weather means one thing
Take Back Beauty Day
Freeze Norwalk
Garment Workers

DCF POLICY FOR GIRLS SERVICES : The Girls' Program Guidelines provided by the Department of Children and Families are the basis of the therapeutic model for all providers of girls services in the state of Connecticut and must be used to guide programming decisions.
The definition adopted by the Department for female-responsive programming is: Female-responsive programs intentionally incorporate research on female socialization, psychological, cognitive and physical development, strengths and risks to affect and guide ALL aspects of a program's design, processes and services. 
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR PROVIDERS OF SERVICES FOR GIRLS:  Visit these websites for educational videos, reports and fact sheets on important issues facing girls today including: Body Image, Relationship Violence, Sexual Health, Human Trafficking, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and more.
  • Children of the Night( -- is a privately funded non-profit organization established in 1979 and dedicated to helping victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. Operates a national 24-hour shelter home for victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.
  • ITVS Community Classroom ( -- visit this website for information about the ITVS Community Classroom  an exciting resource for educators and youth serving organizations, providing award-winning documentary film content with in-depth lesson plans. Collections feature film modules excerpted from the Emmy-award winning PBS Series Independent Lens, and curricula is standards-aligned for use in high school and college settings. Resources are available FREE online at Through its Women and Girls Lead project, providers may gain access to the film series on relevant topics such as, "Women & Girls in the Criminal Justice System, African American Women Leaders, and Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and more.
  • Love146 ( -- is an international organization that works toward the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation through prevention and aftercare.
  • National Crittenden Foundation ( ) --The National Crittenden Foundation   and its family of agencies support girls, young women, and their families overcome major obstacles rooted in circumstances not of their own making. Through no fault of their own, the majority of these girls and young women have experienced child sexual, physical and emotional abuse or persistent neglect.
  • Polaris Project ( -- operates the  National Human Trafficking Hotline and The National Human Trafficking Resource Center. The Polaris Project also provides referrals, resources, general information and training and technical assistance related to human trafficking.
  • Teens on Trafficking  ( -- is a website created by teens. Features links to many videos about and against human trafficking, also descriptions about projects teens have done to spread the word about the problem and risks of human trafficking, also an interactive question answer blog.
  • Shared Hope International  ( -- is a faith based organization dedicated to preventing and eradicating sex trafficking and slavery through education and public awareness.
  • Rebecca Project for Human Rights  ( -- The  Rebecca Project for Human Rights  provides up-to-date research and policy resources for the public, policy makers, administrators, journalists and others who want to learn more about the issues vulnerable families face.  Their website provides fact sheets, white papers, reports and directories of services.
  • National Day of the Girl ( -- This successful campaign to establish the National Day of the Girl was led in the US by School Girls Unite, an organization of students and young women leaders determined to advance the UN Millennium Development Goals related to gender equality and universal basic education, and other human rights issues. The Day of the Girl's mission mirrors the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the International Day of the Girl Child, approved on December 19, 2011: “To help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”
NATIONAL PUBLIC AWARENESS EVENTS & RESOURCES: To truly effect positive change in the lives of girls requires the creation and maintenance of a global culture that recognizes and corrects for the ways in which girls have historically been neglected, marginalized, and discriminated in families and society. Support of and participation in public awareness events at the national level is one way providers of girls services can be a part of a global culture that supports the development of healthy, strong and smart girls. Click on the links below to learn how your organization can take part in some important national events for girls. 
National Day of the Girl -- The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2011 to establish October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. The term “girlchild” is commonly used abroad to distinguish the unique challenges faced by girls under age 18 from those faced by women ages 18 and older. October 11, 2012 marked the first effort by School Girls Unite, an organization in the Washington, D.C. area, to mobilize support in the United States for Day of the Girl, which resulted in proclamations and celebrations in cities across the U.S. recognizing October 11 as the official Day of the Girl. Visit to download a toolkit for help on how to organize and publicize your own day of the girl event and to learn about the creative ways in which other organizations have participated in this global event.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month -- In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year the first national toll-free hotline was begun. In 1989 the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemorative Legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress. Such legislation has passed every year since with NCADV providing key leadership in this effort. Visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website at for information regarding responses to and prevention of domestic violence and for resources to help your organization create and organize activities to commemorate domestic violence awareness month.
  • Network of Care is a database for community services. This version of the Network of Care, recognized as a model program by the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, provides vital information to help link consumers to support groups and personal advocacy resources in the community. The site also provides a repository of evidence-based practices – successful, creative ways for communities to respond to their behavioral-health needs.  To locate resources in Connecticut, click on Behavioral Health, then select "Connecticut". You may then search for specific programs in Connecticut via various search routes including key word (e.g. girls, teen pregnancy, mentoring, substance abuse, Hispanic Services…). The site provides specific instructions for how to search and locate services in your specific community of interest.