The mission of Children in Placement is to facilitate effective judicial review of children and families involved in court proceedings where neglect, abuse, and other risks are alleged in order to promote a safe, permanent home for children in Connecticut.
Since 1979, CIP has worked towards its goal of a safe and permanent home for every child in Connecticut that began with a study of the foster care system. In 1977, Volunteer court monitors reviewed court records for every child who had been committed to the state, and the information they collected was devastating. Connecticut children who had been placed in foster homes at birth with little or no contact with biological parents were still in foster care after a dozen or more years. The average length of stay in foster care was over five years, and the greater the number of placements, the more likely was the child to be referred to as delinquent upon entering adolescence. The judges of the Juvenile Court unanimously agreed to begin monitoring cases until a permanent placement was secured for each child…Read more
Volunteers Make a Difference
Research indicates that children with a Volunteer Advocate are significantly less likely to languish in long-term foster care and are also less likely to re-enter foster care later.
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