Pathfinders prepared by the Connecticut Judicial Branch law librarians:
Reports - Office of Legislative Research:
Connecticut Department of Children and
Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services
for Children's Advocacy
Welfare Information Gateway (Administration of Children and
Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Connecticut Practice Book
Chapter 32a -
Rights of Parties Neglected, Uncared for and Dependent Children and
Termination of Parental Rights
Chapter 33a - Petitions for Neglect, Uncared for,
Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights: Initiation of
Proceedings, Orders of Temporary Custody and Preliminary Hearings
Chapter 34a - Pleadings, Motions and Discovery Neglected,
Uncared for and Dependent Children and Termination of Parental Rights
Chapter 35a - Hearings Concerning Neglected, Uncared for
and Dependent Children and Termination of Parental Rights
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Summaries of 2015 Public Acts Affecting Children
P.A. 14-165- An Act Concerning Mandatory Reporting of Abuse and
Neglect of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the Definition of
Abuse, and the Department of Developmental Services Abuse and Neglect
An Act Concerning the Response of School Districts and the Departments
of Education and Children and Families to Reports of Child Abuse and
Neglect and the Identification of Foster Children in a School District.
Connecticut General Statutes
Chapter 319 -
Department of Children and Families
Chapter 319a - Child Welfare
17a-101. Protection of children from abuse.
Mandated reporters. Educational and training programs.
Report of abuse, neglect or
injury of child or imminent risk of serious harm to child. Penalty for
failure to report.
Oral report by mandated
reporter. Notification of law enforcement agency when allegation of sexual
abuse or serious physical abuse. Notification of person in charge of
institution, facility or school when staff member suspected of abuse or
Employers prohibited from
discrimination against witness in child abuse proceeding. Penalty. Immunity
for making report of child abuse in good faith. False report of child abuse.
Classification and evaluation
of reports. Determination of abuse or neglect of child. Investigation.
Notice, entry of recommended finding. Referral to local law enforcement
authority. Home visit. Removal of child in imminent risk of harm.
Registry of findings of abuse or neglect
of children maintained by Commissioner of Children and Families. Notice of
finding of abuse or neglect of child. Appeal of finding. Hearing procedure.
Appeal after hearing. Confidentiality. Regulations.
17a-103. Reports by others. False reports.
Notification to law enforcement agency.
Chapter 813a -
Office of the Victim Advocate. Office of the Child Advocate.
Sec. 46a-13l. Child Advocate's duties. Child
fatality review panel. Reports to the Governor and the General Assembly.
Chapter 815t -
Commitment of child or youth. Petition for
neglected, uncared-for, dependent child or youth. Hearing re temporary
custody, order to appear or petition. Review of permanency plan. Cost of
care and maintenance of child or youth; reimbursement. Revocation of
commitment. Applicability of provisions re placement of child from another
state and Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children.
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Connecticut DCF Policy and Regulations
of Children and Families Policy and Regulations
Circumstances requiring immediate removal
Procedures for immediate removal
17a-101(e)-3. Reports of child abuse or neglect
17a-101(e)-4. Investigation of reports of child abuse or neglect by
17a-101(e)-5. Notification of law enforcement agencies - removal of
child from the home - child to remain in own home
17a-101k-3. Criteria for registry
finding that individual responsible for abuse or neglect of a child poses a
risk to the health, safety or well-being of children