DCF: Office of Foster Care and Adoption Services

Office of Foster Care and Adoption Services
 
The following services are available to families who have adopted children through DCF
 
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Financial and Medical Subsidies
Children who have been adopted from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) foster care system and/or a private Connecticut licensed child-placing agency who have special needs are eligible for the subsidized adoption program. This program provides a financial subsidy and/or a medical subsidy to the family to provide for the child’s needs. Please see the “Subsidized Adoption” section of this website for further details about this program.

Adoption Assistance Program – AAP
The Adoption Assistance Program AAP offers confidential assessment, brief counseling, and referral services to all DCF adoptive and relative guardian families.  It is designed to assist in the identification and resolution of an adoptive family’s concerns. The program is intended to meet the needs of families who have adopted children from DCF’s legal custody. There is no cost to the family for the services of the AAP. If a referral is needed to an outside service or resource, the cost may be offset by your insurance.

The program is housed at the University of Connecticut’s Health Center located at 270 Farmington Avenue, The Exchange, Suite 262, Farmington, CT 06032-6210; Tel. 860-679-4006 or toll free in CT: 877-679-1961.

College Assistance/Post Secondary Education Assistance
The Department will provide financial assistance to youth who were adopted through the Department’s foster care program by the youth’s eighteenth (18th) birthday and who plan to attend an accredited college, university, or institution of higher learning upon completion of their high school education. The adoption must have taken place after December 31, 2004.

The covered post-secondary education expenses include tuition, fees, and room and board equivalent to the costs at the University of Connecticut. Costs of off-campus housing cannot exceed the cost of room and board at UConn and will require documentation.  Books can also be covered as long as the total expense is not more than the cost of tuition, fees, and room and board at UConn. Summer classes also can be covered as long as the total cost of one full school year for the student does not exceed the cost of tuition, fees, and room and board at UConn. Expenditures will be paid only after calculating any educational grants and scholarship awards granted to the prospective student.

Youth interested in the program must be accepted to their chosen educational institution prior to their 21st birthday and may remain eligible for financial assistance until the end of the school year in which he/she turns 23 years of age.

Application Process:
In order to apply for college assistance/post secondary assistance from the Department, a youth shall:

  • Apply/compete for appropriate grants and scholarships to offset costs and provide documentation of such efforts.
  • Contact DCF (via phone at 860-550-6410 or e-mail the DCF Subsidy Unit at Adam.Liebowitz@ct.gov) once the acceptance letter has been received, but no later than May 15th of the year in which the application is requested.
  • Complete the DCF 2097-Application for Financial Assistance for Post Secondary Education and send in the necessary information/forms required. You can fill it out online or request that DCF mail you an application. Send or e-mail the application by June 30th of the year in which the application is requested. A new DCF-2097 must be completed each year that the applicant is requesting financial assistance for post-secondary education.

Once all the required documentation is received, the Statement of Financial Assistance for Post Secondary Education: DCF-2098a is sent to an applicant and the Confirmation of Financial Assistance is sent to the educational institution. Tuition will be paid on a semester by semester basis.

Ongoing Requirements

      Each applicant:

  • Shall be accepted in a full time accredited or licensed program.
  • Shall maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 each year.
  • Shall contribute five hundred dollars ($500.00) to educational costs each year.
  • Shall provide to the Department at the end of each semester or trimester or quarter, as appropriate, documentation of
    • enrollment/registration
    • grades/report cards
  • Shall provide documentation of the application for financial assistance-annually.

Questions?
Contact the subsidy unit by phone at 860-550-6410 or e-mail Adam.Liebowitz@ct.gov 

Application and Instructions for Post Secondary Education DCF-2097:

Adoption Subsidy Review Board
Any adoption subsidy decision by the Department may be appealed by the adoptive parents or a licensed child-placing agency to the Adoption Subsidy Review Board (ASRB) per CGS 17a-117(b). The three-person board consists of the Commissioner of DCF or her designee, a private licensed child placing agency employee, and an adoptive parent appointed by the Governor. If an appeal is taken, a hearing must be held before the ASRB at least 30 days prior to the termination or reduction of the subsidy, and the subsidy shall continue without modification until the final decision of the Board.

Voluntary Services
(DCF Policy 37-2) DCF may provide, on a voluntary basis (at the request of the family) casework, community referrals, and treatment services for children who are not committed to the Department and who do not require protective service intervention, but may require any of the services offered, administered by, under contract with, or otherwise available to the Department due to emotional or behavioral difficulties.

Adoptive families are eligible for DCF’s Voluntary Services and they can initiate an application by calling DCF’s Hotline: 1-800-842-2288. The Hotline will forward the person’s contact information to the local area office for follow up. The local Voluntary Services social worker will send information about the program to the family via certified mail. Families are expected to:

  • Complete a Voluntary Services Program Application for Services (DCF-2177)
  • Provide the Department with:
    • written reports from service providers
    • a current psychiatric or psychological evaluation, if one exists, which addresses the child/youth’s treatment needs.
  • Sign all release of information forms.
  • Make all household members available to meet with a social worker during home visits conducted for assessment purposes.
  • Provide required financial information.

Families applying for the Voluntary Services program have sixty (60) days from requesting an application to submit the completed application and all the required materials.

A Voluntary Services case will be opened for assessment services upon receipt of the request at the area office. Once the application and a comprehensive eligibility assessment are completed, the area office will inform the family either:

  • The application is approved or
  • The application is refused based on the availability of resources or the inability of the child/youth to meet eligibility requirements.

If a child/youth is deemed ineligible for voluntary services, the family and/or youth have the right to an Administrative Hearing.

Financial and Medical Subsidies
Children who have been adopted from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) foster care system and/or a private Connecticut licensed child-placing agency who have special needs are eligible for the subsidized adoption program. This program provides a financial subsidy and/or a medical subsidy to the family to provide for the child’s needs. Please see the “Subsidized Adoption” section of this website for further details about this program.

Permanency Placement Services Program - PPSP Services
This is a long-standing program of adoption support services offered by the Department to families during the adoption process and is generally arranged by the DCF worker through a private, Connecticut licensed child-placing agency. Services begin before the adoption is finalized and can continue after finalization through the Adoption Assistance Program described below.

Adoption Assistance Program – AAP
AAP offers confidential assessment, brief counseling, and referral services to all adoptive families. It is designed to assist in the identification and resolution of an adoptive family’s concerns. The program is housed at the University of Connecticut’s Health Center located at 270 Farmington Avenue, The Exchange, Suite 262, Farmington, CT 06032-6210; Tel. 860-679-4006 or toll free in CT: 877-679-1961.  The program is intended to meet the needs of families who have adopted children from DCF’s legal custody. There is no cost to the family for the services of the AAP. If a referral is needed to an outside service or resource, the cost may be offset by your insurance.

College Assistance/Post Secondary Education Assistance
The Department will provide financial assistance to youth who were adopted through the Department’s foster care program by the youth’s eighteenth (18th) birthday and who plan to attend an accredited college, university, or institution of higher learning upon completion of their high school education. The adoption must have taken place after December 31, 2004.

The covered post-secondary education expenses include tuition, fees, and room and board equivalent to the costs at the University of Connecticut. Costs of off-campus housing cannot exceed the cost of room and board at UConn and will require documentation.  Books can also be covered as long as the total expense is not more than the cost of tuition, fees, and room and board at UConn. Summer classes also can be covered as long as the total cost of one full school year for the student does not exceed the cost of tuition, fees, and room and board at UConn. Expenditures will be paid only after calculating any educational grants and scholarship awards granted to the prospective student.

Youth interested in the program must be accepted to their chosen educational institution prior to their 21st birthday and may remain eligible for financial assistance until the end of the school year in which he/she turns 23 years of age.

Application Process:
In order to apply for college assistance/post secondary assistance from the Department, a youth shall:

  • Apply/compete for appropriate grants and scholarships to offset costs and provide documentation of such efforts.
  • Contact DCF (via phone at 860-550-6410 or e-mail the DCF Subsidy Unit at Adam.Liebowitz@ct.gov) once the acceptance letter has been received, but no later than May 15th of the year in which the application is requested.
  • Complete the DCF 2097-Application for Financial Assistance for Post Secondary Education and send in the necessary information/forms required. You can fill it out online or request that DCF mail you an application. Send or e-mail the application by June 30th of the year in which the application is requested. A new DCF-2097 must be completed each year that the applicant is requesting financial assistance for post-secondary education.

Once all the required documentation is received, the Statement of Financial Assistance for Post Secondary Education: DCF-2098a is sent to an applicant and the Confirmation of Financial Assistance is sent to the educational institution. Tuition will be paid on a semester by semester basis.

Ongoing Requirements

      Each applicant:

  • Shall be accepted in a full time accredited or licensed program.
  • Shall maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 each year.
  • Shall contribute five hundred dollars ($500.00) to educational costs each year.
  • Shall provide to the Department at the end of each semester or trimester or quarter, as appropriate, documentation of
    • enrollment/registration
    • grades/report cards
  • Shall provide documentation of the application for financial assistance-annually.

Questions?
Contact the subsidy unit by phone at 860-550-6410 or e-mail Adam.Liebowitz@ct.gov or Karen.Miskunas@ct.gov.

Application and Instructions for Post Secondary Education DCF-2097:

Adoption Subsidy Review Board
Any adoption subsidy decision by the Department may be appealed by the adoptive parents or a licensed child-placing agency to the Adoption Subsidy Review Board (ASRB) per CGS 17a-117(b). The three-person board consists of the Commissioner of DCF or her designee, a private licensed child placing agency employee, and an adoptive parent appointed by the Governor. If an appeal is taken, a hearing must be held before the ASRB at least 30 days prior to the termination or reduction of the subsidy, and the subsidy shall continue without modification until the final decision of the Board.

Voluntary Services
(DCF Policy 37-2) DCF may provide, on a voluntary basis (at the request of the family) casework, community referrals, and treatment services for children who are not committed to the Department and who do not require protective service intervention, but may require any of the services offered, administered by, under contract with, or otherwise available to the Department due to emotional or behavioral difficulties.

Adoptive families are eligible for DCF’s Voluntary Services and they can initiate an application by calling DCF’s Hotline: 1-800-842-2288. The Hotline will forward the person’s contact information to the local area office for follow up. The local Voluntary Services social worker will send information about the program to the family via certified mail. Families are expected to:

  • Complete a Voluntary Services Program Application for Services (DCF-2177)
  • Provide the Department with:
    • written reports from service providers
    • a current psychiatric or psychological evaluation, if one exists, which addresses the child/youth’s treatment needs.
  • Sign all release of information forms.
  • Make all household members available to meet with a social worker during home visits conducted for assessment purposes.
  • Provide required financial information.

Families applying for the Voluntary Services program have sixty (60) days from requesting an application to submit the completed application and all the required materials.

A Voluntary Services case will be opened for assessment services upon receipt of the request at the area office. Once the application and a comprehensive eligibility assessment are completed, the area office will inform the family either:

  • The application is approved or
  • The application is refused based on the availability of resources or the inability of the child/youth to meet eligibility requirements.

If a child/youth is deemed ineligible for voluntary services, the family and/or youth have the right to an Administrative Hearing.