Commissioner Katz said, "Juvenile Court Judges are already very familiar with the case and know about the care the child has received by the proposed adoptive parents."
"Because following the termination of parental rights adjudication in the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters, we do not have to initiate adoption proceedings in a separate court system, we believe that this law will decrease the length of time between termination of parental rights and adoption and permit permanency for the child and the adoptive family in an expeditious fashion,” Commissioner Katz said.
“This was a very important day for every foster child in Connecticut who wants a permanent home. This process allowing adoption in the Superior Court should reduce the time children spend in temporary foster care,” Judge Foley said.
“This is a win-win situation. It is a win for children who are eager to be adopted and a win for the Department of Children and Families and Commissioner Katz, who have worked so hard to move children to permanent homes. Adoption in the Superior Court also will increase Connecticut’s compliance with the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act,” Judge Foley said.
The statutory change had been advocated by the Commissioner Katz and the Department of Children & Families, the Office of the Attorney General’s Child Protection department, headed by Assistant Attorneys General Susan Pearlman and Benjamin Zivyon and by the Connecticut Judicial Branch.
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