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This is an introduction to some of the resources that may be helpful in your research.  We’d be happy to assist you with additional materials available at the State Library.  Please call us at 860-757-6500 or email us at

The Department of Children and Families administers foster care in Connecticut . Policy and regulations concerning foster care are indexed and available online through the Policy and Regulation Index. The Office of Foster Care outlines the general requirements to become a foster parent here.

State Library Resources

The State Library has extensive resources available in paper, microform and/or online formats.  For a listing of those resources related to foster care, search our online catalog using the following subject :

Foster Home Care
Foster Parents


Full-text of the following sampling of publications is available through our online catalog :

Foster and Adoptive Parents' Rights, by Susan Price, Office of Legislative Research, 2007.

Questions About Foster Care and Adoption, by Susan Price, Office of Legislative Research, 2006.

Trends in Foster Care and Department of Children and Families Responsibilities Toward Birth Families, by Saul Spigel, Office of Legislative Research, 2004.

Foster Care Parents and Payments, by Saul Spigel, Office of Legislative Research, 2001.

Adoption of Children in Foster Care: Creating Permanent Homes, The Connecticut Commission on Children and the Connecticut Law Revision Commission, 1999?  Also available in paper and/or microform format.  [CSL Call Number ConnDoc CH55ch adch crpr] 

These publications are a sampling of those available in paper and/or microform format at the State Library :

Children and Youth in Adoption, Orphanages and Foster Care, ed. by Lori Askeland, 2006. [CSL Call Number GIRS Ref  HV875.55 .C45 2006]  Table of Contents available online.

Child Welfare for the Twenty-first Century, a Handbook of Practices, Policies and Programs, edited by Gerald P. Mallon and Peg McCartt Hess.  Columbia University Press, 2005.
[CSL Call Number  HV741 .C45 2005]

The Future of the Family, ed. by Daniel P. Moynihan, Timothy M. Smeeding, and Lee Rainwater. Russell Sage Foundation, 2004.  [CSL Call Number  HQ536 .F98 2004]

Homes for Connecticut’s Children in Foster Care: Report for the Connecticut Commission on Children, by Cora Y. Chua. The Commission, 1999.
[CSL Call Number ConnDoc Ch55ch hoco]

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Electronic Journals

Use your public or State Library card barcode to access where you’ll find full text journal and newspaper articles, and an entire section devoted to Health and Wellness research. 

The State Library subscribes to an extensive variety of electronic journals, which are only accessible through public terminals at the State Library.  Our Electronic Journals page details the titles and available dates. When you visit the Library, we’ll be glad to show you how to search the electronic journal collection by subject.  Pertinent titles with information on foster care include :

Children Protection Law Report
Families in Society
Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare




Adoption and Foster Care : Statistics and Recent Legislation, by Susan Price, Office of Legislative Research, 2006.

Foster care expenditures, by Susan Price, Office of Legislative Research, 2006.
A summary of how much foster care costs the state and other related data provided by the Department of Children and Families.

Foster Care National Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families.
Extensive data on foster care on a national level, including number of children, ages, gender, length of stay, etc.

SAFE Home Annual Report and SAFE Homes Statistical Reports issued by the Connecticut Dept. of Children and Families.
SAFE Homes are established by the Dept. of Children and Families as short-term group homes.  They are not private home foster care facilities.  The statistics reflect the number of children cared for, length of stay, age, placement at end of care, etc.

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Related Agencies/Organizations

Administration for Children and Families, United States Dept. of Health and Human Services.
The Administration is responsible for federal programs to promote economic and social well-being of families.  Site features frequently asked questions about foster care, research reports and data.

Child Welfare League of America
The League's purpose is to assist abused and neglected children and their families.  The site offers results of research data, publications, advocacy opportunities, and descriptions of their many programs.
Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents, Inc.
Provides training, conferences, support and publications for foster families.

Connecticut Commission on Children
The Commission’s goal is to promote public policies in the best interests of children, including the areas of health, prevention, education, and literacy.

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Prepared by the Government Information and Reference Services Unit, page revised 4/2009.