December 10, 2015

Private Child Placing Agencies in Connecticut

OLR Report 2015-R-0226 explains Connecticut regulations concerning child-placing agencies.

By law, private child-placing agencies must be licensed by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to place a child in Connecticut. Additionally, DCF regulations distinguish between “child placing agencies” and “non-approved child placing agencies.” The regulations prohibit non-approved agencies from placing a child, for any purpose, in Connecticut.

According to DCF regulations (1) a “child placing agency” is an agency in or outside of Connecticut licensed or approved by DCF for the placement of children for adoption purposes and (2) a “non-approved child placing agency” is an agency anywhere in the United States that is licensed or regulated by its local jurisdiction but not approved by DCF.

For additional information about these agencies and applicable regulations, click here to read the full report.