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Trends in CT Foster Care

Support Groups

CAFAF (Connecticut Alliance of Foster & Adoptive Families) maintains a list of groups which provide support for foster and adoptive families across the state. These groups include support foster parents, children and families, adoptive children and parents and families, relative kinship, grandparents and other relatives. Support groups also include adoptive book clubs, complex medical needs, foster care alumni and core. Please note that we cannot control the accuracy of information regarding the groups submitted by others. Please confirm dates, times, and locations with the contact person listed.  View List

Area Support Liaisons

The Liaisons are available to provide help and support for foster and adoptive families with any questions or problems they may have regarding foster, adoptive or kinship caregiver issues.
View Liaison contact information 

Twenty-four Hour Helpline

The Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call if you have a question or need to talk to someone who understands. We can provide information, help clarify an issue or just lend a sympathetic ear. The call is toll free and confidential. Call 1.888.CAFAP80 or 1.888.223.2780

Buddy System

This a peer program is designed to provide support for foster and adoptive families. The Buddy System pairs newly licensed families with experienced foster or adoptive parents for not less than six months. If you would like to learn more about obtaining a buddy or about being a buddy, please email Wendy Sander, our “Buddy Coordinator” or contact her at 860.258.3400. Click here to view “Buddy Program” brochure. 

Children’s Hope Fund

The Alliance maintains a fund, 100% comprised of grants and donations, designed to build to support for foster and adoptive families and kinship care children. Over the years CAFAF has provided funds for summer camp, music lessons, dance lessons and a variety of other activities.
Fund Guidelines and Access Information | View here 

Open Adoption Support Services

Pre-adoptive families considering open adoptions of children in DCF custody can obtain an attorney through CAFAF at no cost. The attorney will help explain the open adoption process and provide information for informed decision making. For more information, please email Carolyn Goodridge, our “Outreach Social Worker” or contact her at 860.258.3400. Click here to view “Open Adoption Agreement” brochure.

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Exploring Foster Care and Adoption

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Foster care and adoption recruitment specialist Jacqueline Ford, MSW, will speak about foster care and adoption needs in Connecticut. 

Having been with the Department of Children and Families for 25 years, Jacqueline has an understanding of the journey that foster children and foster parents travel on together. Through her lens, she will provide information about the Heart Gallery, an exhibit of photographs, biographies, videos and paintings of children available for adoption, as well as the process for becoming a foster or adoptive parent, respite provider or mentor.

Connecticut has a need to find foster and adoptive families for children who need them. If you are interested in learning about foster care and adoption, please join us.


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