Improving Care for Children and Youth in Connecticut’s Child Welfare System

Back • Publication Date: August 25th, 2014

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Children in the foster care system are among Connecticut’s most vulnerable young citizens. While recently there have been a number of encouraging improvements in Connecticut’s child welfare system, Connecticut has much work to do to ensure that it meets its responsibilities to the children and youth in its care.

This brief explores continuing challenges and avenues for reform.  To support children, youth, and families involved with the child welfare system, Connecticut leaders should:        

  • Support the “multiple track” approach to child welfare and other services devoted to keeping children at home and out of group care;
  • Develop programs to encourage youth engagement;
  • Provide the opportunity for youth to develop long-term and meaningful relationships;
  • Provide adequate educational supports to ensure academic success; and
  • Support adolescents “aging out” of care in their transition to adulthood.