Protective Supervision in Connecticut
A neglect finding can be made when a parent pleads “no contest” to a neglect petition or after a full trial in the Connecticut Juvenile Court.
Neglect FindingIn the event a neglect finding is issued, Protective Supervision or Commitment are the two options the Court may impose. If there is no finding of neglect, then Protective Supervision cannot be imposed.
Protective Supervision in ConnecticutWhen Protective Supervision is ordered by the Court, the child lives with his or her parents subject to Department of Children and Families (“DCF”) and Juvenile Court oversight. “Specific Steps” are provided to parents which set forth certain expectations and actions the parents should and/or should not be doing the period of Protective Supervision. The goal of Protective Supervision is to keep the family intact but to address and hopefully correct the issues that led to the Department of Children and Families involvement in the first place. During Protective Supervision, DCF will do home visits, speak to other agencies working with the family and make referrals for services as needed.
Specific StepsIf the parent complies with the Specific Steps, the Court will usually close out the matter in six months and the Department of Children and Families will no longer provide services or supervision unless a new issue arises. However, when parents do not fully comply with the Specific Steps, the period of Protective Supervision will usually be extended. Additionally, if the Court finds the parents are in extreme noncompliance, the child can be removed from the parents and placed in foster care.