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Can DCF take my foster child?

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

By |2019-08-30T15:53:40-04:00July 14th, 2011|Foster Care|

Landmark Case Clarifies IDEA Protections for Bullied Special Education Students

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

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

By |2019-08-30T15:55:01-04:00February 23rd, 2011|child advocate, Education, Legislation|

Deadline Extended for Comment on Special Education Regulations

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

By |2019-08-30T15:55:29-04:00November 4th, 2010|Legislation, Special Education|

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

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

By |2019-08-28T18:14:42-04:00July 12th, 2010|child advocate, DCF, Education, Special Education Lawyer|

New Law Promises Educational Stability for Children in DCF Care

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

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.

By |2019-09-03T11:16:08-04:00May 6th, 2010|Education, mental health, Special Education|

Special Education Open Forum

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

By |2019-09-03T11:17:38-04:00April 27th, 2010|Education, Special Education|

Financial Assistance for Young Adults with Down Syndrome

A Weekend Retreat for Parents of Children with Disabilities will be held from May 14 to May 16, 2010 at the Guest House Center in Chester, Connecticut. Organized by Education Organizer, LLC, the retreat aims to “provide relaxation, reflection, and personal growth for parents facing the extraordinary stresses of raising a child with a physical, cognitive

By |2019-09-03T11:19:03-04:00April 26th, 2010|Down Syndrome, Uncategorized|