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Facts About Divorce’s Impact on Children


  •  About 40 percent of all children in the United States today are children of divorced parents; 20 to 25 percent of them show signs that they are not dealing well with this change in their family structure and are at risk for negative outcomes, including substance abuse.


  • Children of divorced parents are more likely to engage in substance use and have substance-using friends than children from two-parent homes.


  • In one study, 54 percent of sixth and seventh graders with divorced parents use alcohol compared to 36 percent of children with parents who never divorced.


  • Forty-nine percent of premarital cohabitations are likely to break up within 5 years, compared to 10 percent of those in a first marriage; 62 percent of cohabitations end after 10 years, while the chance of a first marriage ending at that point is 33 percent.


  • In 2005, an estimated 680,000 youths (2.7 percent) aged 12 to 17 had ever been in foster care.


  • Youths who have ever been in foster care had higher rates of past year use of any illicit drug than those who were never in foster care (33.6 vs. 21.7 percent). The rate of past year alcohol use was similar for these two groups.


  • Youths who have ever been in foster care had higher rates of need for substance abuse treatment than youths who have never been in foster care. More youths who have ever been in foster care were in need of treatment for alcohol or illicit drug use in the past year (17.4 percent) compared with youths who have never been in foster care.


  • Two out of three children placed in foster care are reunited with their birth parents within 2 years. But a significant number spend long periods of time in foster care while waiting for adoption or other permanent arrangements


  • The Orphan Foundation of America estimates that more than 25,000 foster youth age out of State care or run away every year. (Estimates from several other government and private sources range from 20,000 to 30,000.)


  • In the only nationally representative study of youth discharged from foster care that has been published (1991, based on 1988 data), 39 percent were emotionally disturbed, 50 percent had used illegal drugs, and 25 percent were involved with the legal system.
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Posted by on August 20, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Child Protection Mediation, Part III

How is a Case Referred?

  •  Cases may be referred at any time in the case after it is filed
  • A case may be referred in court, at a case management conference, or at a case status conference


The Process Includes:

  •  Completing the intake process with a Court Services Officer
  • Obtaining the Judge’s approval


The Intake/Referral Process Includes:

  •  Completing the intake/referral form
  • Selecting a mediation team
  • Signing an agreement to participate in mediation and a confidentiality agreement
  • Scheduling a date to return to court


What Happens After the Mediation Session?

 If the parties reach an agreement, the parties put the agreement in writing. The agreement is then reviewed in court by the judge and, if approved, made part of the decision of the case. If the parties do not reach an agreement, they go back to court for the court to handle.

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Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Child Protection Mediation, Part I

What is Child Protection Mediation?

             Child protection mediation is a voluntary program that tries to solve problems without taking sides.

             The program is designed to add to Order of Temporary Custody Neglect Termination of Parental Rights and other types of case conferences involved with child protection.

  Child Protection Mediation is:

  •  Purely voluntary
  • Confidential
  • Held only if all parties to the case agree
  • Referred by the court, not ordered by the court
  • Designed to cover any issues in dispute

  Locations and Telephone Numbers:

  •  Juvenile Matters at Bridgeport, (203) 579-6544
  • Juvenile Matters and Child Protection Session at Danbury,  (203) 797-4407
  • Juvenile Matters at Hartford, (860) 244-7900
  • Juvenile Matters at Middletown, (860) 344-2986
  • Child Protection Session at Middletown, (860) 343-6456
  • Juvenile Matters at New Britain, (860) 515-5165
  • Juvenile Matters at New Haven, (860) 786-0337
  • Juvenile Matters at Norwalk, (203) 866-9275
  • Juvenile Matters at Rockville, (860) 872-7143
  • Juvenile Matters at Stamford, (203) 956-5708
  • Juvenile Matters at Torrington, (860) 489-0201
  • Juvenile Matters at Waterbury, (203) 596-4202
  • Juvenile Matters at Waterford, (860) 440-5880
  • Juvenile Matters and Child Protection Session at Willimantic, (860) 456-5700
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Posted by on August 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


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A Father’s Rights During Divorce: Parenting Education


CGS § 46b-69b requires the Family Division of the Judicial Branch to establish a parenting education program to educate people on the impact on children of the restructuring of families. The program must include information on the developmental stages of children, the adjustment of children to parental separation, dispute resolution and conflict management, visitation guidelines, stress reduction for children, and cooperative parenting.

The court must order any party to a family relations dispute to participate in the parenting education program unless: (1) the parties agree, with the court’s approval, not to participate; (2) the court determines that participation is not necessary; or (3) the parties select and participate in a comparable parenting education program.

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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Information About Parenting Education Programs

What are Parenting Education Programs?

             Parenting education programs are classes designed to educate adults about the many issues children face when their family situation changes. The pro-grams train participants about how to help children adjust in a healthy way to divorce or living apart from a parent. The programs include information about children’s developmental stages, helping children adjust to parent separation, cooperative parenting, conflict management and dispute  resolution techniques, guidelines for visitation and parent access, and stress reduction for children.

             If you have children under age eighteen, you must participate in a parenting education program with-in sixty (60) days after a family case is filed in court. All parties involved in divorce, dissolution of a civil union, annulment, separation, custody or visitation cases are required by law to participate in a parent­ing education program. Both judges and family support magistrates have the authority to order your participation in the program.


             All parties may attend the same parenting education class, but you do not have to. Tell the program provider when you call to register if you want to be in a different class from any other party.

             If you are afraid of any of the parties involved in your case, or afraid you may be in danger if you attend class with them, ask for separate classes when you register. Or, you may register with a different program. Remember, you may attend any approved program in the state.

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Posted by on August 6, 2012 in Uncategorized


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List of Parenting Programs Throughout Connecticut: Litchfield Judicial District


1. CT Council of Family Service Agencies

(to attend a Parenting Education Program at one of the following agencies, call one of the numbers below):


A. Catholic Charities


132 Grove Street

Torrington, CT 06790


B. CMHA’s Northwest Center

860-482-8561 for Family Services

100 Commercial Blvd.

Torrington, CT 06790


C. Park Lane Behavioral Health,

860-354-4135 a division of CMHA

120 Park Lane Road, Suite A-102

New Milford, CT 06776

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Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


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List of Parenting Programs Throughout Connecticut: Hartford Judicial District


1. Community Child Guidance Clinic, Inc.

317 North Main Street


Manchester, CT 06040


2. CT Council of Family Service Agencies

(to attend a Parenting Education Program at one of the following agencies under number 2., call 860-522-8241):


A. Catholic Charities / Institute for the Hispanic Family

896 Asylum Avenue

Hartford, CT 06105


B. Village for Families and Children

1680 Albany Avenue

Hartford, CT 06105


C. Jewish Family Service of Greater Hartford

333 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite A

West Hartford, CT 06117


3. Wheeler Clinic

860-827-2043 ext. 2

(Classes held at)

645 Farmington Avenue

Hartford, CT 06105


4. Hockanum Valley Community Council, Inc.

27 Naek Rd.


Suite 4

Vernon, CT 06066


5. Yardley Associates, LLP


Enfield Parent Education Program


(Classes held at)

Asnuntuck Community College

170 Elm Street

Enfield, CT 06082


6. Yardley Associates, LLP


West Hartford Parent

Education Program (Classes held at) The Hartford Hospital Wellness Center at Blue Back Square


The Education Center- Room 425

65 Memorial Road

West Hartford, CT 06110


7. Yardley Associates, LLP


Windsor Parent Education Program


(Classes held at)

Hartford Hospital-Windsor

1060 Day Hill Road

Building #2

Windsor, CT 06095

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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in Uncategorized


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