The Time to Grow: Meeting the Needs of All Youth Exiting State Care

Back •  Event Date: December 15, 2016

We invite you to join us for a youth-led forum on the experiences and needs of one of the most vulnerable populations in foster care- youth who will "age out" of the child welfare system into independence.

This event will provide an engaging forum to:

Listen to youth sharing their stories and ideas;
Learn the facts about youth aging out; and
Discuss how we as policymakers, advocates, and community members can support the successful transition of youth in state care into self-sufficient adults.


Participants will include:
Youth currently and formerly in the care of the Department of Children and Families
• A new panel of previous youth speakers returning with updates to their testimony
• Social workers, attorneys, and foster parents who work with youth in DCF care

• Comptroller Kevin Lembo
• Commissioner Joette Katz, Department of Children and Families
• The Honorable Bernadette Conway, Chief Administrative Judge, Juvenile Matters
• Representative Diana Urban, Chair, Children's Committee
• Representative Noreen Kokoruda, Ranking Member, Children's Committee
Sarah Eagan, Child Advocate, Office of the Child Advocate
Kally Moquete, Founder, Connecticut Foster Care Alumni Association

We will update this list as more speakers confirm their attendance.

Please RSVP online here – seating is limited.

Contact Nicole Updegrove at or 203-498-4240, ext. 107 with any questions.

Quick note – we are hearing that some folks are having trouble accessing the RSVP site, as Google Forms´access seems to be restricted for state employees. If you cannot register there, please RSVP to Nicole Updegrove at
Sorry for the inconvenience.


WHAT: 6th annual Youth at the Capitol Day.
WHEN: December 15th, from 8:30 am to 12:30 PM.
WHERE: Old Judiciary Room, State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford.
REGISTRATION: please RSVP here. Seating is limited.