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Adoption in Connecticut

Did you know there's an area in Connecticut called, Mystic County? What's not mystic are their adoption laws. Those are pretty clear cut. Adoptive Parents are allowed to cover medical and legal expenses, with court approval, counseling, and up to $1500 of living expenses, including telephone, clothing for the Birth Mom. Fun fact: The state bird is the American Robin.

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Adoption Attorneys in Connecticut

1 Adoption Agencies in CT

1 AAAA Attorneys in CT

Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

  • Attorney
    Donald B. Sherer
    1010 Summer Street
    Stamford, CT 06905
    (203) 327-2084
    (203) 325-8624
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy

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Length of ICPC
in Connecticut

1-30 days

Connecticut adheres to the Interstate Compact On The Placement of Children (ICPC) – a uniform law in all 50 States that establishes procedures for the interstate placement of children. The ICPC also places specific responsibilities on those involved in placing the children. The three principle goals of the ICPC are to:

Protect the children being placed.
Ensure that they receive the services they need.
Facilitate permanent placements for those children who are in state custody

Adoption Law FAQ in Connecticut

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  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Gen. Stat. § 17a-114(b)(2); State Agencies Regs. § 17a-145-154
    The applicant and any person age 16 or older living in the applicant’s household shall submit to State and national criminal history records checks prior to placement of a child. The department also shall check the State child abuse registry for the names of the applicant and any person age 16 or older living in the household.
    In regulation: The department or child-placing agency shall conduct an assessment of any prospective adoptive parent(s)’ home. The assessment shall include, but not be limited to:
    • The physical condition of the home
    • The health of the applicant and other members of the household
    • The ability of the applicant to provide an environment that will advance the physical, mental, emotional, educational, and social development of the adoptive child
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: State Agencies Regs. § 17a-145-152
    Approval shall be denied if any member of the household of a prospective adoptive family:
    • Has been convicted of injury or risk of injury to a minor or other similar offenses against a minor
    • Has been convicted of impairing the morals of a minor or other similar offenses against a minor
    • Has been convicted of violent crime against a person or other similar offenses
    • Has been convicted of the possession, use, or sale of controlled substances within the past 5 years
    • Has been convicted of illegal use of a firearm or other similar offenses
    • Has ever had an allegation of child abuse or neglect substantiated
    • Has had a minor removed from their care because of child abuse or neglect
    Approval may be denied if any member of the household of a prospective adoptive family:
    • Is awaiting trial, or is on trial, for charges as described above
    • Has a criminal record that the department or child-placing agency believes makes the home unsuitable
    • Has a current child abuse or neglect allegation pending
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Gen. Stat. § 45a-727
    When an application for adoption has been filed, the court shall request the department or a child-placing agency to make an investigation and submit a written report to it, in duplicate, within 60 days from the receipt of the request.
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    This issue is not addressed in the statutes and regulations reviewed.

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