DCF: Latest News Archives

Latest News Archive

April 23, 2014
April 15, 2014
April 15, 2014
Gay-Straight Alliance Only for Gays? (Written by one of our fabulous teens - Eduardo)
March 24, 2014
March 20, 2014
January 31, 2014
January 30, 2014
January 17, 2014
January 15, 2014
November 25, 2013
November 4, 2013
November 4, 2013
October 18, 2013
September 30, 2013
August 26, 2013

August 22, 2013
Social Work Graduate Overcomes Obstacles to Find Success in Washington, D.C

August 21, 2013
Latest CYL Alert - Human Trafficking in CT

August 20, 20
Family Fun Day-September 29, 2013

August 19, 2013
Judge Trades Secure Job for the Toughest

August 19, 2013
DCF Adopts new model for Working With Families

August 4, 2013
Commissioner's Face the State Interview concerning "protecting children from predators

August 5, 2013
CYL Alert - Freezing in South Norwalk

August 2, 2013
Fostering College Dreams for Kids in Foster Care

July 29, 2013
CYL Alert - Raising awareness of human trafficking in CT

July 23, 2013
Percent Of Children In Care With Kin Increases To 29.8 Percent

July 10, 2013
Push to end discrimination against gay children

June 10, 2013
Celebrating the Role of "Dad" this 2013 Fathers Day

June 3, 2013
Latest Bill to combat Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

May 29, 2013
Connecticut mental health team hits the road to help youth in crisis

May 28, 2013
Press release from Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Connecticut's selection to participate in a national initiative

May 28, 2013
Second Annual Family Fun Day

May 20, 2013
DCF Taps First Latino Deputy Commissioner

May 16, 2013
Lord and Taylor Fashion Show, featuring Foster Mothers

May 15, 2013
For information on Window and Water Safety visit "Have a Safe Summer.com"

May 6, 2013
Color Me Blue Initiative Press Release

May 1, 2013
Press release from Commissioner Katz regarding Foster Care Month

April 29, 2013
New Tools to Educate Consumers and Providers about HIPAA Privacy and Security

April 22, 2013
How to Get Out from Federal Oversight

April 4, 2013
State Takes New Steps to Fight Sex Slavery

March 28, 2013
Ken Cabral Receives Blue Ribbon Award

March 25, 2013
The Middletown Office has a "Got Love?" running team

March 20, 2013
'Forever' foster homes needed in Eastern Connecticut

March 19, 2013
Alumnae Spotlighted for Social Work

March 18, 2013
How CT Changed the Juvenile Justice World

March 13, 2013
"Safe Haven" Baby Brought to Hospital

March 4, 2013
State cuts number of kids in Juvenile Jail

March 4, 2013
State a national model for teen justice

February 14, 2013
DCF Changes Being Closely Monitored

February 4, 2013
Court Confirms DCF's Juvenile Placement Powers

January 30, 2013
Sports for Girl Power

January 24, 2013
Inauguration Poem "One Today"

January 22, 2013
Flower remembered as 'true social worker'

January 14, 2013
In Fights Over School Services, DCF Children Getting Bigger Boost

December 26, 2012
A Commissioner Outlines DCF Reforms after Newtown
By Joette Katz, CT Mirror

December 17, 2012
Abuse Screening can Save Young Lives
Hartford Courant Editorial

November 28, 2012
Three adoptions highlight new venue for the Department of Children
By Lauren Sievert

November 27, 2012
Connecticut Adoption Day marked by union of new family
by Jim Shelton, New Haven Register

November 26, 2012
Opening up the Adoption Process in CT
by Kent Pierce, Channel News 8

November 26, 2012
Brave Kids hope for a family this Holiday
by Paul Petrone, Montville Patch

November 26, 2012
Foster Parents say effort is worthwhile
by Sybil Blau, NewsTimes

November 21, 2012
Adoption-opening hearts and homes
By Ann DeMatteoMiddletown Press Managing Editor

November 20, 2012
November is Adoption Awareness Month
By Lynn Fredricksen, Post-Chronicle Correspondent

November 19, 2012
North Haven Native a Strong Advocate for Children" 
by Marji McClure

November 16, 2012
Final Say:  Joette Katz
by Connecticut Magazine.com

November 13, 2012
Press Release:  Commissioner Katz Lauds Medical Community For Improving Recognition Of Child Abuse
by Commissioner Joette Katz

November 7, 2012
DCF offers families larger role in helping children
by Norwich Bulletin.com

November 6, 2012
Press Release:  First Adoption Under New LawTakes Place in Willimantic
by Attorney General George Jepsen and Commissioner Joette Katz

October 12, 2012
"Our Kids Fund" Receives $12,000 donation
by Gary Kleeblatt

Sept. 21, 2012
by Josh Kovner, Hartford Courant
September 14, 2012
September 13, 2012
September 6, 2012
August 13, 2012
August 8, 2012
August 7, 2012
August 6, 2012
August 2, 2012
by Gary Kleeblatt
July 31, 2012
by Douglas Howard, Common Ground
July 18, 2012
July 13, 2012
July 11, 2012
July 10, 2012
June 18, 2012
By JOSH KOVNER, The Hartford Courant
May 4, 2012
by Hugh McQuaid, CT News Junkie
April 30, 2012
Press Release from Commissioner Katz
by Michael Puffer, Republician American
April 12, 2012
Entry deadline is May 4, 2012
April 3, 2012
Mark your calendars!!
HOLD the Date-May 20, 2012
In honor of National Foster Care Month
March 12, 2012
by Greg Smith, Norwich Bulletin
February 23, 2012
February 17, 2012
February 10, 2012
February 9, 2012
February 7, 2012
Chief of Quality and Planning
February 6, 2012
February 2, 2012
January 23, 2012
January 20, 2012
By JOSH KOVNER, jkovner@courant.com
January 5, 2012
December 7, 2011
December 7, 2011
December 5, 2011
November 22, 2011
November 1, 2011
October 31, 2011
October 13, 2011
October 5, 2011
September 21, 2011
by Yvette Newton, DCF-Danbury OFAS
September 8, 2011
August 31, 2011
August 19, 2011
August 19, 2011
August 19, 2011
August 4, 2011
July 18, 2011
June 29, 2011
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
by Richard Wexler, Youth Today
June 23, 2011
June 21, 2011
Editorial by The Day
June 17,2011
by Jacqueline Rabe, The CT Mirror
June 2, 2011
By Karen Negent, Worchester Telegram & Gazette Staff
May 25, 2011
By Laraine Weschler, Citizen's News Staff
April 13, 2011
March 1, 2011
February 13, 2011
By Josh Kovner, Courant Staff
February 1, 2011
December 25, 2010
By Hillary Federico, Middletown Press
December 18, 2010
By Dan Brechlin, Record-Jounal
November 25, 2010
By Julianne Hanckel, the New London Day
November 19, 2010
By Tim Loh, CT Post Staff Writer
November 10, 2010
By Stratford Star
November 1, 2010
Governor M. Jodi Rell

October 24, 2010
By Justin Kloczko, Middletown Press
October 17, 2010
by Julianne Hanckel, The New London Day

September 22, 2010
New Haven Independent
September 11, 2010
September 19, 2010

August 24, 2010
By Don Stacom, Courant Staff

May 30, 2010
by Kathleen Megan, Courant Staff

November 12, 2010
November 5, 2010

June 28, 2010
by Alexandra Sanders, Journal Register

May 24, 2010

(Revised version 10/22/2010)
originally published in the Connecticut Post on November 12, 2008

May 17, 2010
by Leslie Porter, Press Staff

May 10, 2010
Audio by CT Radio Network

April 24, 2010
by Judy Benson, Day Staff Writer

April 20, 2010
Audio by CT Radio Network

April 18, 2010
by Diane Church, Bristol Press Staff

April 20, 2010

March 29, 2010

March 23, 2010
by Felix Manuel Rodriguez, Staff

March 22, 2010
by Viktoria Sundqvist, Press Staff

January 8, 2010
by David Hennessey, Norwalk Citizen

December 23, 2009
by Jeffrey Kurz, Record-Journal Staff

November 22, 2009
by Brynn Mandell, Republican-American staff

November 21, 2009
by Allan Appel, New Haven Independent Staff
by Robyn Adams, Republican-American Staff
by Pamela McLoughlin, Register Staff
November 21, 2009
by Keila Torres, CT Post Staff

November 15, 2009
by Jason R. Vallee, Record-Journal Staff

November 13, 2009
by Johanna Lutz, The Middletown Press Correspondent

November 2, 2009

October 9, 2009

September 28, 2009
Women credits DCF with helping her kick drugs, get her children back
By Robyn Adams, RepublicanAmerican staff

April 21, 2009
Two families brought the "Safe Havens" babies they adopted to Saint Francis Hospital to show the real impact the law has on the lives of children and their families. News coverage of the press conference can be accessed on the links below.
Please utilize the {Textview}  button to view above videos or audio

{Helen Ubinas}  
April 2, 2009
Finally, A Collaborative Program That Really Helps Desperate Parents Reports Helen Ubinas from the Hartford Courant 
For additional stories about this topic see March 20, 2009 below.

{Cynthia and Christina}  
March 25, 2009
Youths In Foster Care Say Why They Want To Follow
Their Social Worker's Footsteps At

March 20, 2009
DCF Teams With Judicial Branch And DMHAS To Offers New Drug Treatment Program, CT Media Reports

National Adoption Month

November 24, 2008
CT Radio Network Stations Cover Adoption Day In Probate Courts (Audio)

November 24, 2008
A Family's Love as published in the Waterbury Republican

November 24, 2008
I am...Adopted as published in the Hartford Courant

November 12, 2008
Adoption: An Older Brother's Courage And A Younger Brother's Legacy as published in the Connecticut Post

October 26, 2008

September 2, 2008
Long Awaited Adoption  Marked By Joyous Celebration, says the Republician American

Monday, July 28, 2008
Separated Siblings Get Together At Camp reports the Journal inquirer

Thursday, July 24, 2008
Channel 3 Kids Camp Reunites Separated Siblings.  Camp connects siblings placed in separate homes.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
"Yo Stay Safe" Campaign meets with local students to promote safety and alternatives to violence, as reported by NBC 30

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Monday, May 12, 2008
Foster Parents Give Love, Get Love Back CT Foster Care Month Kickoff Radio Reports.

{Governor Rell}
Governor M. Jodi Rell
{Rep. Pamela Sawyer and Commissioner Hamilton}
Rep. Pamela Sawyer & Commissioner Hamilton
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
St. Joseph's College Celebrates Foster Families Fox 61 Video {Video logo}
Friday, April 25, 2008
Pass The Word, reported by The New London Day
Friday, April 25, 2008
Safe Haven Law, reported by the Journal Inquirer                

Thursday, December 27, 2007
Governor Rell: Christmas Day "Safe Havens" Baby Demonstrates Importance Of Law And Public Awareness  Governor M. Jodi Rell said today that a healthy baby brought to a Hartford hospital on Christmas Day is a clear demonstration of why the Safe Havens law is so important and that efforts to create public awareness are essential to its effectiveness.

Friday, December 7, 2007
Governor Rell Teams With DCF For Holiday Stress-Busting Initiative Seasonal Risk of Emotional Distress Prompts Information Campaign

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Governor Rell:  Children's Mental Health Treatment Advancing In Connecticut  Smaller Programs Closer To Home Result In 30% Reduction In Large Residential Programs and 34% Reduction In Children Out Of Statehildren's Mental Health

Latest News Archives

November is National Adoption Month

Thursday, November 28, 2007

Adoption Turns Young Girl's Life Around Adoption Helps Little Girl Become "A Smart, Affectionate And Happy Child": The Journal Inquirer reports how a foster home grew into a permanent and wonderful family.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Plenty To Be Thankful For Loving Parents, Multi-Ethnic Extended Family Ready To Provide A Better Life For Adopted Baby

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Loving Foster Home Rescued North Haven Student:  The New Haven Register reports on how a very special foster home makes a big difference in the life of a very special teen.

Monday, November 19, 2007
Families Are Completed In Adoption Day Ceremonies Around Connecticut: Children Experience The Permanency Offered By Finalized Adoptions  
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
A wonderful family from Redding talks to the Danbury News Times about what adoption has meant in their lives: Joys and challenges highlighted during celebration of National Adoption Month.

 Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Therapeutic Group Homes Providing Children With Needed Services In Home-Like Community Setting: Waterbury Republican American reports that DCF is reducing reliance on out of state and residential programs

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Channel 3, WFSB, Everyday Hero's - The Crawfords  This special family has 8 children, 3 biological and 5 adoptive children and is being honored for National Adoption Month (mpg 16,000 kb)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Waterbury Family Adopts Five Children This video story from Channel 8, WTCH, is a Wednesday's Child Special Report for National Adoption Month (mpg 21,500 kb)

Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Governor Rell Announces DCF's Use Of Google Marketing Tool To Connect Families To Prevention Webpage: "Useful Family Information" site offers expert guidance on practical topics to assist parents.

Monday, November 5, 2007
Channel 3's Scott Haney Recognizes Adoptive Family As "Everyday Heroes":  National Adoption Month kicks off with feature on family that adopted 5 from DCF (wmv 16,470 kb)

Sunday, September 30, 2007
14-Year Old Emily J. Lawsuit Successfully Completed Governor Rell Calls For Continued Collaboration To Help Court-Involved Children. Community Services Result In 72 Percent of Children Avoiding Residential Placement

 Wednesday, August 22, 2007
DCF Celebrates Adopted Children The Meriden Record Journal reports that over 700 parents and their children attended the 6th annual Families are Forever Event.

Monday, August 20, 2007
DCF Connects Latinas to Ethnic and Cultural Identity:  Numerous news stories report on DCF's Quinceanera celebration to empower Latinas

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Monday, July 23, 2007
Registro:  Carino y Humanidad, Herramientas de la famila Pagan, de Meriden para recibir 30 ninos de crianza del estado (en Espanol)

Monday, July 16, 2007
{Family at Beach}
DCF Summer Safety Education Campaign Draws Attention: The New Haven Register reports that tragic accidents underscore need for parents to be vigilant.

Sunday, June 24, 2007
Heart Gallery Photography Helps Find Homes For Children: The Danbury News Times reports how the faces of children inspire families to open their homes.

Sunday, June 24, 2007
Foster Mother Gives Heart and Home to Medically Complex Children: The Waterbury Republician chronicles a special family in picture and words.

Friday, June 21,  2007
State launches www.haveasafesummer.com public awareness campaign to keep kids safe this summer from water, window and other accidents.

Monday, June 18, 2007
Act Up, Calm Down: DCF's Innovative Early Childhood Progam Demonstrates Effectiveness: Hartford Courant reports on how this DCF funded program is helping young at-risk children benefit from their pre-school experience and prevent expulsions.

Sunday, June 17, 2007
DCF helps local youths pursue dreams of better life. The New Britain Herald reports on two young people who are graduating from college with aid from a Department of Children and Families program that last year helped more than 500 youths transition to become independent adults.

Sunday, June 10, 2007
"I told them that this was going to be her last home." A heartwarming story reported by the Meriden Record Journal about Nichole amd her new "forever" home.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Friday, May 11, 2007

Meet a New Hartford foster mother who has cared for 30 children over the years  Channel 3 reports about the rewards this foster mother feels from loving her children, and her adult adoptive daughter talks about this special woman http://www.wfsb.com/news/13298280/detail.html

Thursday, May 10, 2007

NEW HARTFORD: Woman has sheltered 30 foster kids

Monday, May 7, 2007

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Norwich Bulletin Reports State hopes to head off abandonment.

Friday, April 13, 2007
"We can never be sure how a young parent learns of the law. So we have to take advantage of every opportunity to inform him or her that they have a safe alternative to abandoning a baby,” Govenror Rell said at a press conference held this week at Manchester Memorial Hospital.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Hard work by a mother and her DCF social worker is leading to a plan to return two children their mother's home. The Connecticut Post reports how this mother -- supported by great social work -- got back on her feet despite challenges and is now preparing to again care for the children she loves.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

New Steps to Improve CT Foster Care lauded in Hartford Courant and Connecticut Post editorials

An agreement reached last week with Children's Rights will result in an increased focus on permanency and appropriate placements for children in foster care. Editorials in two of the state's largest newspapers say the agreement builds upon earlier improvements underway in recent years.

Monday, December 1, 2006

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) met 17 of 22 goals measured in the third quarter of 2006 – two more goals then met last quarter and the most so far under the nearly three-year old Exit Plan, a report filed Monday with the federal court showed.

Thursday, October 5, 2006
The state's care and treatment of children at risk continues to improve and that's reassuring for all Connecticut citizens.  (pdf 14 kb)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
This is the first quarter that staff have met the goal for reducing reliance on residential placements surpassing the 11 percent goal - a success that the Federal Court Monitor's report cited as an "immense achievement"  (pdf 87 kb)

Monday, September 11, 2006
The plan to end Federal Court jurisdiction creates 22 performance measures for the Department’s work with children and families. (pdf 84 kb)

Friday, August 11, 2006
The New York Times Magazine spent half a year reporting on DCF.  Author Daniel Bergner found an agency that "has gradually transformed itself" as well as social workers whose tremendous commitment enables them to face very difficult responsibilities and challenges that few others would want to have. (pdf 86 kb)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
DCF Boosts Diaper Banks at Hartford Agencies, the Hartford Courant Reports

Thursday, April 3, 2008
Former Foster Children, Now Working At DCF Helping Children And Families In Similar Situations: "I am always going to be a social worker. It has been a long road to get there."

DCF staff who were in foster care as children bring their unique perspectives to social work.  Four television stations cover a special recognition ceremony hosted by DCF Commissioner Hamilton.
WNBC - Channel 30
WFOX - Channel 61                     

Thursday, March 27,2008

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

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