Child Abuse and Neglect


Administrative Decisions

CGS § 4-180a requires that if any agency wishes to rely on final administrative decisions as precedent, the decisions must be indexed and available for public inspection and copying to the extent required by FOIA. Click for indexed and summarized substantiation decisions. For a full copy of these decisions, make your request in writing to the Administrative Hearings Unit.


Child Protection Casebook, Feb 2013
Compendium of Supreme and Appellate Court child protection decisions


Case Library


Connecticut Judicial Branch Guide to the Law of Abuse and Neglect


Consent Decrees


DCF Information


Interagency Agreements


Legal Rights Books and Videos


Pleadings Bank


Sample Letters

Sample Records Request

Sample DCF Records Request


Standards of Practice for Child Protection Attorneys in Juvenile Matters


Standing Orders



Recent Legislation

Public Act 17-119
An Act Concerning the Right of Counsel to Access Records in Certain Abuse and Neglect Proceedings
To provide assigned or appointed counsel in abuse and neglect proceedings, where a child’s parent or guardian is accused of such abuse and neglect, immediate access to the child and the child’s records.

Public Act 17-92
An Act Concerning the Department of Children and Families’ Standards and Reporting Requirements

To (1) require the Commissioner of Children and Families to establish protocols for the investigation of reports of child abuse or neglect of children from birth to three years of age, (2) issue certain reports to the Superior Court when a child or youth is committed to such commissioner, and (3) report annually to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children regarding foster care licensing practices.


TIPS for Lawyers – FAQs and Updates on Key Issues in Child Protection Law



Other Resources

  • Child Witness: Fragile voices in the American Legal System, McGough, Lucy S, Yale University Press (KF 9672 .M37 1994)
  • The Child Witness, Perry, Nancy W., Sage Publications (KF 9672 .P465 1991)
  • Children, Social Science and the Law, Bottoms, B.; Kotera, M. and McAuliff B., eds, 2002 (KF 3735.C48)
  • Expert Witnesses in Child Abuse Cases, Ceci, S. and Hembrooke, H, editors, 1998 (KF 9323.E 96 )
  • Improving Outcomes Together: Court and Child Welfare Collaboration – Cecilia Fiermonte, J.D. and the Honorable Nancy Sidote Salyers, National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues, June 2005
  • * Juvenile Law: Child Protection in Connecticut Courts, Assistant Attorney General Arthur Webster, Topics: Abuse, Neglect and Uncared For Proceedings; Extensions & Revocations of Commitment; Termination of Parental Rights (1998)
  • The Law of Child Abuse and Neglect in Connecticut, Paul Chill, Topics: Abuse and Neglect, Termination of Parental Rights (2d ed. 1999-DRAFT) *KFC 3694.5 C53 1997
  • Legal Issues in Child Abuse and Neglect Practice, John E. B. Myers, Topics: Prevalence and effects of child maltreatment, Child Protection System, Child Abuse Reporting Laws, Investigative Interviewing Regarding Child Maltreatment, Investigating Suspected Child Abuse, Balancing Need for Confidentiality and Requirements of Disclosure, Expert Testimony, Cross-Examination and Impeachment: Special Accommodations when Children Testify, Liability of Professionals (1998)
  • * Making Sense of ASFA Regulations: Roadmap for Effective Implementation, Debra Ratterman Baker et al., American Bar Association, 2001
  • Memory and Testimony in the Child Witness, Sage Publications, (K 2271.5 .Z9 M46 1995)
  • * Navigating the Pathways: Lessons and Promising Practices in Linking Alcohol and Drug Services with Child Welfare, Young NK, Gardner, SL, SAMHSA Publication No. SMA-02-36639. Rockville MD: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, April 2002
  • Psychological Evaluations for the Courts, Gary B. Melton, John Petrila, Noman G. Poythress, Christopher Slobogin. Topics: Techniques of Abuse/Neglect Evaluations, 1997 (KF8922 .P77 1997)
  • Representing Parents in Child Welfare Cases: Basic Introduction for Attorneys, National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues, 2005
  • Sharing Information: Study Guide to Federal Laws on Confidentiality and Disclosure of Information for Child Welfare Agencies, Alice Bussiere, Abigail English, Catherine Teare, National Center for Youth Law, San Francisco, CA, with the ABA Center on Children and the Law, Washington, D.C.*Refer to call numbers at the UCONN School of Law Library or  Center for Children’s Advocacy Legal Resource Center.

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