DCF: Mentoring Homepage

Mentoring can be a powerful experience for both young people (mentees) and adults (mentors). By forging a relationship and spending time together, two individuals have a unique opportunity to blossom in ways neither may have imagined before.


The DCF One on One Mentoring Program (OOMP) contracts with local service providers statewide to supply adult mentors to DCF involved adolescents ages 14-17, and 18-21 who remain involved with DCF following their commitments.  The providers recruit, screen and train eligible candidates to become mentors, partner with DCF social workers then match approved mentors with DCF committed adolescents and young adults. The goal of the mentoring program is to provide an important and long lasting relationship to adolescents who are placed outside of their homes.  Mentors are involved in the adolescent's life as a guide, a positive role adult model and a confidant. A mentor's commitment to the adolescent is very important. Mentors maintain weekly contact with their mentees and visits face to face at a minimum of three times a month.  The One on One Mentoring program aims at maintaining these relationships on a long term basis.  Ideally, the relationships evolve into permanent, life-long friendships.


Please consider becoming a mentor – Learn more through the links below:



Call 1-888-KID-HERO today for more information.

True Colors, Inc.
The True Colors One-on-One mentoring program is designed specifically for sexual and gender minority youth. The True Colors Mentoring Program can best be summed up as "the LGBT Big Brothers/Big Sisters”.  One-on-One Mentors meet with youth individually as well as in group activities such as game night, movie night, hiking trips, beach days, etc.

  1. Additionally; there is a group mentoring component for youth on the wait-list. This service provides for group mentoring for Lesbian / Gay / Bi-sexual / Transgender / Questioning (LGBTQ) youth committed to DCF and residing in out-of-home care and who are on the wait-list for a mentor.  The program recruits, trains and supervises adult group Mentors, who are active participants in the group mentoring program.  Youth participants are ages 14 through 21. 
  2. The group mentoring program provides a minimum of four monthly social, recreational, and educational activities across the state directly targeting youth on the waiting list for a one-on-one mentor. These activities include game nights, inter-generational movie nights, outdoor activities, workshops, etc.

FORMS (Should be faxed to the appropriate provider)


DCF strongly encourages adults to become mentors.  Prospective mentors must pass a criminal and Child Protective Services (CPS) background checks and provide two references.  Prospective mentors must demonstrate stability, maturity, and the capacity for commitment to youth.  In addition, all prospective mentors are required to complete 3 hours of DCF Mentor Training prior to being considered eligible to be matched with a mentee.  Trainings are based on a written curriculum which has been reviewed and approved by DCF.   The training will include, but not be limited to: separation and loss; out of home care issues, adolescent development; youth leadership development; listening skills; expectations of mentors; appropriate boundaries in mentor-mentee relationships; confidentiality; cultural competency; low cost area activity resources; independent living skills training and guidance; tutoring skills; vocational skills; and the importance of the first meeting.  


LINK Instructions


The One on One Mentee Referral Form is now available in LINK. Use the following steps to access and/or create this form:  From the LINK menu, Select Create Casework > Case Planning > Mentee Referral Form > select the Case > select the Case Participant.


Once the Mentee Referral Form has final approval in LINK, a system generated email with the mentee referral attached will be sent to the appropriate OOMP. This removes the requirement for the Worker to fax the form to the OOMP.


Note on Exceptions: From time to time a social worker may identify a 13 year old adolescent who would benefit from mentoring services.  The referral process for adolescents under the age of 14 does not use the LINK system.  An exception form has been developed for this process.  The exception form must be completed by the social worker and forwarded to the ADT Liaison for approval.  Contact your Area Office DCF OOMP Liaison for more information regarding this process.  




   Dayna R. Snell, LCSW 

   Program Manager

   Adolescent and Juvenile Justice Services

   505 Hudson Street

   Hartford , CT 06106

   Phone:  860-550-6351

   Blackberry:  860-209-2838

   Fax:  860-723-7236

   E-mail:  Dayna.Snell@ct.gov


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