Resources for youth who are or were in DCF Custody.
Youth Development Program
If you are/were in DCF custody, there are services and supports available to help you successfully transition into adulthood. This includes:
- Help doing things like applying to college, finding a job, securing housing and getting health insurance
- Services & supports — from the age of 14 to age 23
Policies & Rules
- Policy 75: Normalcy and the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard (RPPS)
- Policy 160: Supporting Adolescents in DCF Custody
- Rule 7000 - Transition Age Youth
- Social Media Tips for Youth in Foster Care (from the Children's Bureau)
- Things People Never Told Me (from the Better Futures Project)
Bill of Rights
This Bill of Rights was developed by the New England Youth Coalition with the support of the New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors. It recognizes the importance and value of sibling relationships and the need to preserve them. It provides guidance to New England child welfare agencies and their providers in the delivery of care and services to foster youth with the commitment to permanency, safety and well being.
This Bill of Rights was developed by the New England Youth Coalition and is pending approval by the New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioner and Directors. It defines what normalcy means for youth in out-of-home care and provides guidance to service providers for promoting normal adolescent experiences for the youth in their care.
Call a helpline for information and support:
► Domestic Violence: 1-800-228-7395