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What should I do if DCF is taking custody of my grandchild?

By |July 14th, 2011|

If you are a grandparent or other relative of a child in DCF care, it is important to learn about grandparents’ rights and relatives’ rights as early as possible after your relative has been taken by DCF. If a child you love has been taken into DCF custody, don’t wait to act

Can DCF take my foster child?

By |July 14th, 2011|

DCF has the authority to make placement decisions for children committed to their care. That does not mean, however, that foster parents have no ability to protect the children in their care. In fact, the law provides foster parents with rights

Landmark Case Clarifies IDEA Protections for Bullied Special Education Students

By |May 3rd, 2011|

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently decided that when bullying affects a special education student’s opportunity to receive an appropriate education, schools have a responsibility to address bullying, take steps to prevent it from occurring in the future

Education Committee to Consider Legislation Closing Loopholes on Teacher Background Checks

By |February 23rd, 2011|

The Connecticut legislature’s Committee on Education will hold a public hearing today to consider Raised Bill 6326, An Act Concerning the Response of School Districts and The Departments of Education and Children and Families to reports of Child Abuse and Neglect. If passed, the bill would implement the recommendations of the Child Advocate’s report

Deadline Extended for Comment on Special Education Regulations

By |November 4th, 2010|

he State Department of Education has extended the deadline for responding to proposed revisions to the special education regulations. Any member of the public can comment on the proposed revisions to the special education regulations either by testifying at a public hearing or submitting written comments to the State Department of Education

Learning Disabilities Seminar for Parents and Professionals

By |August 10th, 2010|

The Learning Disabilities Association of Connecticut will be holding a series of seminars on learning disabilities and appropriate educational programming for children with difficulty learning

Investigation Reveals Numerous System Failures When School Employees Abuse or Neglect Children

By |July 12th, 2010|

The Child Advocate and Attorney General recently released a report, Protecting Our Children: Improving Protections For Children When Allegations Are Made That School System Personnel Abused and/or Neglected Children, detailing the results of an extensive investigation into the response of local school districts

New Law Promises Educational Stability for Children in DCF Care

By |July 1st, 2010|

Effective today, children placed in foster care or other out-of-home care by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) can stay in the school they were attending when they were removed from their home, rather than changing schools based on where they are placed. Until now, children who entered state care were required to enroll in school

Mental Health and Special Education

By |May 6th, 2010|

According to National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey, 13% of children ages 8 to 15 have at least one mental disorder. Mental illness can have a profound affect on a child’s educational experience. If your child is struggling in school because of his or her mental health needs, consider requesting an evaluation to determine if your child has special education needs.

Special Education Open Forum

By |April 27th, 2010|

The Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, is hosting “A Facilitated Discussion About Students With Disabilities in the Least Restrictive Environment.” The forum, which will be held on May 4, 2010, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Hartford, provides an opportunity for parents and advocates to express their views about educating students
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