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Foster Care: Resources and Support

Foster Care

"Adopting one child will not change the world, but for that child, the world will change." Anonymous

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FAQ's According to DCF

How long do children typically remain in Foster Care? On average, children remain in state care for over a year and a half, and five percent of children in foster care have languished there for five or more years. 

Can people who work full time be foster Parents? Many licensed foster parents and adoptive parents work full time. Adults who work full time outside of the home can still be foster parents. A preschooler would need to be enrolled in a full-time licensed daycare facility. DCF helps with daycare costs. Adults who are working full time are also eligible to adopt.

Is home ownership a requirement? No. You can rent or own an apartment, single-family house or condominium. You need to have a separate bed for each foster child and separate rooms for children of the opposite sex ages three and older.

Do you have to be married to be a foster parent?   You do not have to be married to be a foster or adoptive parent. People who cohabit, or are divorced or single, may be foster or adoptive parents.

For answers to more questions, Continue reading from DCF

Local Resources

DCF: The Department of Children and Families official State Website features links to critical information regarding Foster Care.

CAFAF:  The Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families (CAFAF) makes a difference in the lives of foster, adoptive and relative caregivers by providing support, training, and advocacy. The Alliance works in partnership with child welfare professionals and the entire community to nurture child safety, well being, and stability.

Annie C. Courtney Foundation: The mission of the Annie C. Courtney Foundation, Inc. is to support and promote positive, empowering, loving and healthy communities for vulnerable children, youth and families with the goal of preventing the need for foster care; also eliminating barriers that prevent young adults with child welfare histories from succeeding.

Child Welfare Information Gateway: Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

CT Child and Abuse Laws: These links connect to resources available and are provided with the understanding that they represent only a starting point for research regarding Connecticut Laws. 

Boys & Girls Village: Boys & Girls Village Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program matches qualified foster parents with children 6 to 17 years old who are in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

Adopt US Kids: AdoptUSKids educates families about foster care and adoption and gives child welfare professionals information and support to help them improve their services. We also maintain the nation’s only federally funded photolisting service that connects waiting children with families.

Getting Started in CT

What Steps Do I Need to Take to Become a Foster Parent? (Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families)


For More Info about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, please call 1888-Kid-Hero or email:

From our Collection

Link to Hope's Boy by Andrew Bridge in the Catalog
Link to Age Out Motion Picture in the Catalog
Link to The open-hearted way to open adoption: helping your child grow up whole by Lori Holden in the Catalog
Link to CinderGirl : My Journey Out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope by Christina Meredith in the Catalog
Link to Adopting the Hurt Child by Gregory Keck in the Catalog
Link to Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese in the Catalog
Link to Instant Family Motion Picture in the Catalog