Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Nationally Acclaimed, Locally Controversial: Joette Katz Reflects on an Unusually Long Tenure Running Connecticut’s Foster Care System
Joette Katz has left the building. The former Connecticut state Supreme Court Justice, who served as commissioner of state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) for both of former Gov. Daniel Malloy’s (D) terms, put in her last day in January.
STARS Program Helps Drug Court, Families Align
In 2001, a nonprofit drug treatment provider called Bridges joined a bold new venture with the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). It was aimed at better serving the children of parents who had come into contact with the child welfare system because of drug use or addiction.
Yes, There IS a Problem with the “Culture Change” in Connecticut: It Hasn’t Gone Far Enough
Connecticut, 1995: Emily Hernandez, a child-known-to-the-system, dies. Gov. John Rowland demands that caseworkers tear apart more families. There is a foster care panic, a huge increase in children torn from their families.
Has Connecticut’s Cultural Change Gone Too Far?
I read with interest Joette Katz’ column about her efforts to change the culture of child welfare in Connecticut. Ms. Katz, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), reports with pride that due to this cultural change, Connecticut has more than doubled foster care placements with relatives in less than two years.