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Child Welfare

Child Welfare

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Information about the Department of Children and Families.  Includes general reference and policy information.  Focus is on DCF's effectiveness in meeting its mandate to try to keep children safely within their homes and families before considering other placements. 

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Latest Content

01/21/2020 - MLRI
The charts below set forth the annual, monthly and weekly 2020 Federal Poverty Guidelines (based on HHS thresholds).  In... Read more
03/27/2018 - Anne L. Dale Nialetz
Affirmed - DCF had reasonable cause to believe that the child was neglected where the mother testified that there was a long history of... Read more
04/30/2018 - Frances I. Wheat, MPA
Affirmed - DCF had reasonable cause to support an allegation of neglect where: (1) the child ran away from the home and the Appellant... Read more
02/26/2018 - Nicholas Holahan
Reversed - DCF did not have reasonable cause to believe that the child had been neglected where: (1) Appellant's young child was found with... Read more

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