DCF: How to Become an Adoptive Parent, Foster Parent, or Relative Caregiver

How to Become an Adoptive Parent, Foster Parent, or Relative Caregiver

 

“I encourage people to become foster parents and explore this incredible journey of making a positive effect on children’s lives. It is one of the most gratifying experiences I have encountered in my life.” -

Juana, Foster Mother

All families providing foster care and pre-adoptive care for children in Connecticut are licensed or approved according to the regulations of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

The first step is to attend an open house offered by one of our 14 area offices. At the open house, staff will provide an overview of the agency’s mission, what we do and who we serve, as well as the Department's philosophy regarding foster care and the licensing process and requirements for becoming a foster parent.

As part of the licensing process, DCF staff will conduct an assessment of you, your family and your home and write a homestudy. The homestudy process includes attendance at classes and home visits by a social worker.

To begin this process, please call: 1-888-KID-HERO or e-mail KidHero@cafap.com. You can also check our Open House Schedule for the location most convenient for you.