Connecticut Commission on Children: An Agency of the Connecticut General Assembly
The Connecticut Commission on Children
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Hartford, Connecticut 06106-1591

Phone: (860) 240-0290  | Fax: (860) 240-0248 | E-mail


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Helping Grandparents to Raise Healthy, Hopeful Grandchildren

Information and photos from a forum held on November 28, 2006, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford for grandparents seeking help in raising their grandchildren. Sponsored by the Commission, AARP Connecticut, and Generations United. Visit this page

Grandparents' Rights

An analysis of grandparents' rights under Connecticut law, issued in September 2006 by the Office of Legislative Research (OLR), the research office of the state legislature. Download the PDF | Visit the OLR site

Public Benefits Programs Can Help Grandparents

Guidance from AARP on how to deal with the financial strains of raising grandchildren. AARP Grandparenting page | AARP Connecticut page


A free service administered by the United Way of Connecticut and funded by the Connecticut Department of Social Services and local United Ways. Just dial 2-1-1 to get information or to seek help in a crisis. It's available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It also features a Kinship Navigator for grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, or other adults who care full-time for a relative's child. Visit the 2-1-1 site | Visit the Kinship Navigator

Grandparents as Parents Support Network (GAPS)

A network of support groups for grandparents and others raising child relatives, created by Aging Services Division of the state Department of Social Services (DSS). Visit the DSS site

Subsidized Guardianship

Information from the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) on subsidized guardianship, which allows foster children to live permanently with guardians -- often grandparents or other relatives -- when they cannot live with their own parents or be placed with adoptive families. Visit the DCF site

The HUSKY Plan

The state healthcare plan for uninsured children and youth. Visit the HUSKY site

Connecticut WIC Program

A nutrition program, run by the state Department of Public Health (DPH), that helps young children eat well and stay healthy, at no cost if they qualify. Visit the DPH site


If you're a professional who works with parents, grandparents, or anyone else raising children, the Connecticut Parenting Education Network (CT-PEN) has a website for you. It offers information on parent education services, regional groups throughout the state, and quarterly statewide meetings. Visit the CT-PEN website.

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