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Parenting / Caregiver Supports

Community Support for Families

This service will engage families who have received a Family Assessment Response from the DCF and connects them to concrete, traditional and non-traditional resources and services in their community. This inclusive approach and partnership places the family in the lead role of its own service delivery. The service provider assists the family in developing solutions, identifies community resources and supports based on need, and helps promote permanent connections for the family with an array of supports and resources within their community.

Caregiver Support Team – Kinship Navigation

ConnectiKIN (C-KIN) program is an innovative statewide Kinship Navigator Program that partners with kinship caregivers to provide the connections, supports, and resources needed to raise resilient children who thrive. C-KIN also aims to provide opportunities for community outreach, connections, and collaboration so that equitable and consistent support is provided to build the confidence, connections, and self-reliance of kinship families.

Family Support

This service provides coordination and facilitation of five parent support groups with goals of peer support, information on appropriate parenting skills, and education on the development of effective coping strategies. The five groups consist of:

  • The CT Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally ILL
  • A support group for mothers who have experienced a sexual assault in their pre-parenting years
  • A parent education group, “Parents Night Out”
  • A parent/child play group for parents with children age birth to three years old that includes an in-home education component
  • A Gamblers Anonymous support group

Fatherhood Engagement Services

This service provides intensive outreach, case management services, and 24/7 Dad© group programming to fathers involved with an open DCF case, as such services and service frequency are defined herein. The purpose of this program is to enhance the level of involvement of fathers in their DCF case planning, provision of services and positive parenting. Case management services will help to mitigate barriers to more effective engagement through assessment of needs, advocacy, and linkage to supports and services, while group 24/7 Dad© services will teach skills and characteristics to strengthen the father’s parenting relationship.

Fatherhood Engagement Services – Incarcerated Fatherhood Engagement Services

CTDOC Team is a collaboration between the Department of Correction (CTDOC) and DCF. This program provides intensive outreach, support, advocacy, and linkage to community-based Fatherhood Engagement Services (FES) to incarcerated fathers with an open DCF case. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the father’s parenting skills and relationship with his children as well as to enhance the level of involvement of incarcerated fathers with DCF.

Foster Care and Adoptive Family Support Groups

This service provides support group meetings with childcare provided for foster care and adoptive families as a means to aid in the retention of foster homes and placement stability within foster and adoptive family settings.

Foster and Adoptive Parent Support Services

This service provides a range of recruitment, retention, support, education, training, and advocacy services to foster families, adoptive families, and relative caregivers intended to address needs, encourage ongoing education and skill development, and promote safe and stable home settings for foster children. This service also increases the pool of foster and adoptive families who are available to serve children in the care of the Department of Children and Families. 

Foster Family Support

This service provides a variety of support services to children in DCF care who are living with foster and relative families in Bloomfield. The support services include, but are not limited to:

  • Individual, group, and/or family counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Social skills development
  • Educational activities
  • After-school and weekend activities

Foster Parent Support for Medically Complex

This service, largely through the organization of a group of volunteers, provides foster care recruitment, respite, and support focused on maintaining and growing the number of foster and adoptive parents who work with medically complex children in the Waterbury and Torrington area office towns. There is a childcare/activity component to the program and a limited amount of money is available for participating foster parents. There are two yearly celebrations, a holiday party and annual picnic.

Intensive Family Preservation

This service provides a short-term, intensive, in-home service designed to intervene quickly to reduce the risk of out of home placement and or abuse and/or neglect. Services are provided to families 24 hours per day, seven days a week with a minimum of 2 home visits per week including a minimum of 5 hours of face-to-face contact per week for up to 12 weeks. Staff work a flexible schedule, adhering to the needs of the family. An assessment tool is used to develop a treatment plan. As needed, families are linked to other therapeutic interventions and assisted with basic housing, education, and employment needs including making connections with non-traditional community supports and services.

Intimate Partner Violence – Family Assessment Intervention Response (IPV-FAIR)

This service provides a supportive service array of assessments, interventions and linkages to services to address the needs of families impacted by intimate partner violence. The service will respond to both caregivers and the children. Safety planning will be at the center of the service provision.

Parenting Support Services

This is a service for families with children 0-18 years of age to support and enhance positive family functioning. Families receive one or more of the PSS interventions along with case management services using the Wraparound philosophy and process. PSS offers the evidenced-based model, Triple P (Positive Parenting Program®) and the Circle of Security Parenting© intervention.

  • Triple P (Positive Parenting Program®) helps parents become resourceful problem solvers and be able to create a positive and safe home learning environment for children to develop emotional, behavioral, and cognitive strengths.
  • Circle of Security Parenting (COS) is designed to build, support, and strengthen parents’ relationship capabilities so they are better equipped to provide a quality of relationship that is more supportive of secure attachment.

If needed, families may receive more than one PSS intervention.

Permanency Placement Services Program (PPSP)

This is a permanency placement service for DCF committed children who are considered difficult to place in adoption due to special needs. Services include:

  • Completion of documents to legally free a child for adoption through juvenile court
  • Recruitment, screening, home studies and evaluations
  • Pre- and post-adoption placement planning and finalization services
  • Reunification services with biological parents

A written service agreement, mutually developed between DCF and the provider, is made prior to the commencement of services, and includes the type(s) of service(s) to be provided and time to be spent on each service.

Quality Parenting Centers (QPC)

This service provides a on-site supervised parent/child visitation program (Family Time) designed to provide a safe and comfortable place for parents to interact with their children. The contracting agency utilizes coaching and other strategies that provide parents with opportunities to learn and practice new skills and maintain the parent/child relationship.

Reunification and Therapeutic Family Time Services

This service engages, supports and intervenes with parents whose children are placed in out-of-home care by offering a menu of services designed to promote and effect successful reunification, strengthen parent/child relationships and attachments, and reduce the risk for further abuse and neglect. Three service types are used in combination with one another or may be referred for as individual components based on the needs of the family. The three service types are:

  • Reunification Readiness
  • Reunification Services
  • Therapeutic Family Time

Statewide Family Organization

The Statewide Family Organization is responsible for the delivery of various services categories to support families who have children with serious behavioral or mental health needs. At the direct service level, “Family Advocates” provide support, both brief and long term, to parents and caregivers using wraparound and a peer support and assistance framework. At the regional level, “Family System Managers” are responsible for developing linkages between local community groups and identifying and supporting informal support and service networks for families.

Supportive Housing for Families

This service provides subsidized housing and intensive case management services to DCF families statewide for whom inadequate housing jeopardizes the safety, permanency, and well-being of their children.  Intensive case management services are provided to assist individuals to develop and utilize a network of services in the following areas: economic, social, and health. Housing is secured in conjunction with the family and the Department of Social Services (DSS) provides a Section VIII voucher. Priority access is determined by the chronological order of referrals.

ZERO TO THREE Safe Babies Project

This service provides for the coordination of services to parents and children younger than 36 months to help speed reunification or another permanency goal when the children have been placed by court order outside of their homes for the first time.

To find the best service match for a child’s needs, use the AIM Tool.