Fostering Connections Resource Center

The Fostering Connections Resource Center gratefully acknowledges the National Conference of State Legislatures for sharing its tracking information about pending and enacted legislation. Please visit NCSL for additional information.

Enacted Legislation in Connecticut

Department of Children and Families

Bill: HB 5421, Chap. 185; Status: Enacted

Summary: Establishes that at the temporary custody hearing regarding the placement of a child, the court shall identify any person or persons related to the child or youth by blood or marriage who might serve as licensed foster parents, certified relative caregivers or temporary custodians and order the Commissioner of Children and Families to investigate and determine, not later than thirty days after the preliminary hearing, the appropriateness of placement of the child or youth with such relative or relatives.

Sponsored by Representative Orange

Pending Legislation in Connecticut

Budget Recommendations

Bill: SB 31; Status: Pending

Summary: Establishes that whenever a child is placed in out-of-home care by the Department of Children and Families the child may continue to attend his or her school of origin. If it is determined that it is in a child's best interests to remain in his or her school of origin, the Department and the Board of Education shall collaborate on a transportation plan for the child from the town in which the child is placed to the school of origin.

Sponsored by Senator McKinney

Foster Care

Bill: SB 439; Status: Pending

Summary: States that the Department of Education shall study issues involving educational stability for children in foster care in the state.

Sponsored by Joint Committee on Education