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Connecticut State Information

In Connecticut, approximately over 52,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, nearly 20,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them.

The state offers various resources to kinship care families. Connecticut’s Department of Social Services has an Elderly Division that administers Grandparents as Parents Support (GAPS) program statewide. This program provides educational and informative services to relative caregivers. It also works to refer caregivers to other organizations, agencies and services to ensure proper child care. Connecticut has also teamed up with the United Way to provide a 2-1-1 service. The Service is available 24/7, provides resources to kinship care families, and can be used in a crisis.

Connecticut offers a diverse range of services, support, and assistance for relative care families. Through public and private partnerships the state has been able to place many children with relatives, and prevent their entrance into the foster system.

By the Numbers
  • Over 52,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Nearly 20,000 grandparents report having their grandchildren living with them.
Grandparent Visitation

Download the Grandparent Visitation information here (current as of 8/1/11)

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