Connecticut

Excited about being a part of the first National Reunification Day, in 2010,  child welfare professionals in Connecticut planned an event to honor families who have reunified and to educate legislators about families involved in the child welfare system. Carolyn Signorelli, the Chief Child Protection Attorney, worked with a staff member from the judicial branch, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Casey Family Services to plan a reunification forum that took place at the state capital on June 16. The event celebrated families who recently reunified and who wanted to attend the event. There were short speeches by the Chief Court Administrator and the Chief Administrative Judge of the Juvenile Court, the DCF Commissioner, a parent, one child and one legislator.

Connecticut State Representative Toni Walker, a consistent advocate for Connecticut’s youth, stated: “I am pleased that the Chief Child Protection Attorney, along with DCF, the Judicial Branch and Casey Family Services, has begun to organize reunification day at the state level. It is important that Connecticut’s families know that our objective is to reunify and maintain our families.”