Connecticut Foster Care and Adoption

Adoption in Connecticut

Children who are currently in foster care but available for adoption, or children with special needs are placed for adoption by the Connecticut Department of Social Services. Alternatively, children can be reached through adoption agencies.  

Adults who are 21 or older, single, married or in a civil union, able to provide a safe, loving home to a child, renting a residence or owning their home are eligible to adopt.

Pre-adoption classes are required before taking placement of a child to help prepare families for situations they might face with a special needs child.

Foster Care in Connecticut

In order to  to become a foster family or prospective adoptive family in Connecticut, the applicants must be licensed or certified by the Department of Children and Families or approved by a licensed child placing agency

During the pre-licensing process prospective foster parents attend an Open House where they receive information on the requirements of being a foster parent and a general overview of the types of children DCF needs homes for. Usually licensing priority is given to parents looking to provide foster care to children 13+ and sibling groups.

Also, before attending the mandatory training, the applicants receive a pre-screen where the Department discusses with them their family’s history with DCF if any and any criminal involvement. Additionally, the Department views their home to assure that it meets regulatory requirements and discusses if they have adequate income, positive physical and mental health history. 

During the licensing process all applicants attend a ten week group assessment training and during this training they complete an application, give references, sign releases and other collateral paperwork and get fingerprinted.  All of the information gathered during the pre-screen, training group and from collateral contacts is compiled and a family assessment study is completed and a license is granted.

Each Licensed foster or pre-adoptive parent is required to complete post-licensing training of 18 hours annually. 

All licenses are issued for only two year period and are renewed annually. 

Below you can find names, summaries, and contact information for agencies providing adoption and foster care services and helpful information.

‘r kids Family Center

The ‘r kids Family Center is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization based in Connecticut. They provide specialized, high quality services to children in out-of-home care and their families and strive to promote  permanency, safety and stability for children through services to their biological, foster or adoptive families throughout ‘r kids’ case. 

The ’r kids Family Center is licensed by the State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families and offers a full range of adoption services, including home study and license approval, pre-adoption training that promotes planful decision-making, coordination and assistance in locating available children, and post-placement supervision and completion of the legal process to finalize your adoption.

45 Dixwell Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone:  203-865-5437

A Better World – The Adoption Connection, Inc. 

A Better World – The Adoption Connection, is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit, non-sectarian agency licensed by the State of Connecticut and is a member of the Connecticut Council on Adoption, Focus on Adoption, Joint Council on International Children’s Services and the American Counseling Association.

The agency provides International and Domestic Adoption services to families throughout the United States.

74 Batterson Park Road
Farmington, Connecticut 06032
Phone: (860) 677-0470

Adoptions From The Heart

Adoptions From The Heart is a private, 501 C-3 non-profit, non-sectarian adoption agency, licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia and Connecticut to provide resources for families looking to adopt within the United States or Internationally.

The agency offers domestic adoption, international home studies, and adoption assistance services to assist families and professionals. 

703 Hebron Ave #1
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Phone: (860) 657-2626

Boys & Girls Village, Inc. 

Boys & Girls Village is a federal IRS approved 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit agency licensed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) for their residential and therapeutic treatment components, and by the Connecticut Department of Education for their Day School for children with special educational needs. They offer residential shelter, clinical, after-school, counseling, special educational, foster & adoptive programs, family support services, and day programs for children and their families.

Boys & Girls Village Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program matches qualified foster parents with children 6 to 17 years old, in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and provides them with training needed to become a state-licensed  foster parent,  ongoing, in-home and/or 24/7 emergency support, access to special recreation, social and parent education services, referrals to community services, continuing, post-placement education, adoption services, when possible and desired, as well as a network of caring, experienced professionals dedicated to ensuring success for the Boys & Girls Village children and families.

528 Wheelers Farms Road
Milford CT 06461
Phone:  (888) 922-5528

Community Residences, Inc.

CRI is a Foster Care & Adoption agency serves children who have been abused, neglected, and have experienced trauma. They provide their, additional services and training to help their foster children overcome the traumas in their lives and reach their full potential.

CRI Therapeutic Foster Care program cares for children ages 6 and older in the DCF system.  Foster parents are provided with a social worker, CRI behaviorist, a registered nurse, ongoing training opportunities throughout the year. 

50 Rockwell RD, 
Newington, CT
Phone:  (860) 621-7600

Connecticut Adoption Services

Connecticut Adoption Services is a fully licensed adoption agency, the only agency in Eastern Connecticut dealing with minority and special needs adoptions. 

The services offered include:

FREE Monthly Information Sessions; Private and DCF home studies; Birth parent counseling and services to legally free children for private adoption; Educational classes for families adopting state foster children; Recruitment of families to adopt specific children; Post-placement supervision for private and DCF clients; In-home therapeutic support services for families adopting state foster children; Adoptive parent on-line support group; Assistance with creating Life Books; Support to biological and adoptive families throughout the adoption process; Finalization of private adoptions, including relative and step-children;  Post-finalization counseling.

2 Clinic Drive, 
Norwich, CT 06360
Phone: 860-886-7500 x355

Downey Side

Downey Side  is a full service adoption agency which provides the prospective adoptive parent with an array of services throughout the entire adoption process.

The agency offers services, including but not limited to:

  • Exploring Adoption* family preparation seminar offered primarily by S.T.A.R.S., MAPP, and/or Pride certified staff
  • Certified homestudy for prospective adoptive parents
  • Family support groups both pre-placement and post placement

61 Colony Street
Meriden, CT 06451
Phone: 212-714-2200 X 26

Family & Children’s Agency

Family & Children’s Agency is a leading nonprofit, 501(c)(3) human service organization that is committed to increasing the social and emotional well-being of our clients.  

Family & Children’s Agency is a full service adoption agency serving adoptive parents with services that include Pre-adoptive information, Preparation of your home study, Domestic and International Adoption Placement Programs, Post Adoption support to families, as well as Services for birth mothers, provided by specialized counselors.

Family & Children’s Agency  Therapeutic Foster Care Program is designed to provide homes for children who have been diagnosed with a serious psychiatric disorder. Foster parents in this program receive training and support so they can actively participate in the planning and implementation of therapeutic interventions for their foster children.

9 Mott Avenue, 4th Floor
Norwalk, CT 06850
Phone: (203) 855-8765
             (800) 676-4066

151 New Park Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 586-2365
             (866) 858-3137

1890 Palmer Avenue, Suite 201
Larchmont, NY 10538
Phone: (914) 834-5806


Independent Adoption Center

IAC is the largest, oldest, and most experienced open adoption agency in the country, facilitating adoptions in 49 states, and fully licensed not only in Connecticut, but also in California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, and Texas.

As a nonprofit organization IAC  focuses on counseling and support and is committed to providing both birthparents and adoptive parents with the most comprehensive counseling support available.

The services IAC offers include:

  • Professional counseling and support groups for birthparents during the open adoption process and after placement—including grief and loss counseling.
  • Professional counseling and support groups for adoptive parents during all phases of the process.
  • Adoptive parent home studies and updates.
  • Birthparents relinquishments.
  • Post-placement supervision.
  • Interstate compact work for out-of-state birthparents.
  • Finalization reports six months after birth.
  • National, regional and local community outreach and advertising, directed towards birth parents, social service professionals and other referral sources.

6 Landmark Square
4th Floor
Stamford, CT 06901
Phone: (203) 747-8500

Klingberg Family Centers

Klingberg Family Centers is a private, nonprofit multi-service agency striving to help children and families whose lives have been traumatized by abuse and/or neglect in its various forms, severe family problems and mental health issues. They provide group care, special education, foster care and community programs to children and parents to help them function more effectively in their family, in school and in their community. 

Some of their services include Positive Parenting Program, Foster Care & Adoption, Intensive Family Preservation, Respite Care, Family Visitation Services & Parent/Caregiver Groups, Child Abuse Treatment Services (CATS), etc.

370 Linwood Street
New Britain, CT 06052
Phone: (860) 832-5503

NAFI Connecticut, Inc.

NAFI CT is a multi-service agency that provides programming, consultation and individualized support services to youth, families and adults in a variety of settings across Connecticut. The agency specializes in Foster Care, Developmental Services, Residential Treatment, In-Home Services and Consultation.

NAFI CT offers intensive support services to foster families including:
– Specialized training prior to the placement of a child
– Frequent visits from their professional staff
– 24 hour on-call support
– Ongoing opportunities for education and training
– Planned and emergency respite
– Parent support groups
– Assistance with each child’s individualized needs
– Connection to community resources to support the success of each child

20 Batterson Park Road
Farmington, CT 06032
Phone:  860-284-1177    

The Children’s Community Programs of CT, Inc.

The Children’s Community Programs of CT, Inc, serves children, youth and families in south central Connecticut to provide them and their families with diverse and creative support services.

The CCPC serves approximately 600 children in several community programs including Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC),  Support Team for Educational Progress (STEP), One on One Mentoring, Young Leaders, Nurturing Family Network, and three Alternative Education Programs-Blake Street Academy, Pathways and Stars. 

Their Therapeutic Foster Care service has a full-time recruiter who identifies, screens and participates in the specialized training of new prospective foster parents. The program has a high retention rate of foster families. They also offer Kinship Care and Permanency Placement Service Program to provide resources like parent training, youth development services, clinical services and rehabilitation services  to foster and biological families.

446 Blake Street
New Haven, CT  06515
Phone: 203-786-6403