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How Does Adoption Work in Connecticut?

One of the most precious gifts you can give a child is a stable and supportive home. If you are thinking about adopting a child in Connecticut, there is a lot to consider. The laws surrounding adoption can be complex, and you may want a trusted legal advocate in your corner to protect your rights […]

What Is the DCF Central Registry and Can I Appeal My Placement?

Most states, including the state of Connecticut, have a statewide registry where listings of child neglect, abuse, and maltreatment records are maintained. In Connecticut, this registry is known as the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) Central Registry. Here is an overview of what you should know about the DCF Central Registry and what […]

What Does “Family with Service Needs” Mean?

Navigating family law matters, particularly those involving children and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) can be emotional, complex, and overwhelming. At The Christie Law Firm, LLC, our experienced family matters attorney can help you to navigate your DCF case or another juvenile matter. As you learn more about DCF cases, it is […]

What is the Safe Haven Act for Newborns?

According to the law, parents have a legal obligation to protect and care for their children. Failure to do this can result in the involvement of DCF as well as criminal charges. There is one instance, however, where a parent can abandon a very young child to the State’s care without facing any type of […]

Leaving Children Home Alone in Connecticut

Spend enough time online, and you are likely to see a few spirited discussions surrounding the most appropriate age to leave children home alone. It would be simpler if there were a law in place to settle the matter. Unfortunately, there are not any such statutes in Connecticut. But a parent that makes the wrong […]

What Is A Connecticut DCF Safety Plan?

One of the biggest decisions a parent must make if the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) shows up at their door is whether or not to cooperate. While agency investigators have no right to come into your home without a warrant, there could be serious consequences for not cooperating with an investigation. But […]

The Clarity of 2020

In December 2019, I was excited about the year 2020. It was so cool, as 20/20 is a designation for perfect vision.  I knew it was going to a unique year and I wanted to be sure to make it a great one. I even made a joke that I will see clearly in 2020!  […]