The adoption process in Connecticut begins by gathering information on the Department of Children & Families (DCF) section on the State of Connecticut web portal located at CT.gov and attending an open house. These actions give prospective families the chance to learn more about the full process.
The Connecticut DCF web site can be found by navigating a web browser to CT.gov, clicking the Executive link in the header menu at the top of the page, and clicking on the Children and Families link in the alphabetized agency list below. From the DCF web site, adoption process information can be found by clicking the Adoption/Foster Care link located in the navigation menu in the left column of the page, and then clicking the Adoption link that appears in the same column. Consult the FAQs to read a summary of how to begin the adoption process, contact the toll free number at 1-888-KID-HERO or email KidHero@cafap.com for more information.
The first physical step in the process is to attend an open house offered by one of 14 area offices around the state, where staff provides an overview of the agency's mission, what they do and who they serve, their philosophy of foster care and the licensing and process requirements. DCF staff conduct an assessment of all potential adoptive parents, their families and their homes. The home study process includes adoption class attendance and social worker home visits.