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CT Part of Nationwide Child Welfare Initiative


On May 28, 2013 Governor Malloy and Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families Joette Katz announced Connecticut’s participation in the Three Branch Institute on Child Social and Emotional Well-Being. Connecticut is one of seven states selected by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, National Conference of State Legislatures and Casey Family Programs to help improve the welfare of children in foster care throughout the country.

Governor Malloy is very excited about this initiative. He said “Participating in this initiative will allow us to learn best practices from other Institute members and build on the work we are already doing to ensure stability for our state’s youngest and, many times, most vulnerable residents and their families.”

Governor Malloy has selected Commissioner Katz and DSS Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby to serve as the Executive Branch project members. The Chief Court Administrator will designate representatives from the Judiciary who preside over juvenile matters. The Senate President Pro Tem and Speaker of the House will also appoint members of the legislature to the project.

These leaders will develop and implement a coordinated state-specific plan of action to measure the well-being of youth in state foster care and improve existing child welfare services through better collaboration and by leveraging Medicaid and other federal and state dollars to fund innovative best practices.  By investing more in child welfare hopefully more children can be kept off the streets and be prevented from entering homelessness.

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