Have a question regarding DCF and the coronavirus? Email us at: DCF.COVID-19@ct.gov

"What We Know, What We are Doing and What We Plan to Do"

How are we managing the daily operations of the Department? What are we doing to ensure clear communication across the system as key components of our work are completed?  With whom are we consulting and interacting? Please read here for more information….

  • Consult with the Governor's Office, other state agencies, child welfare jurisdictions across the country and community partners to be informed of and develop best practices in our work.
  • Provide written guidance and video recorded messages to all staff, including community partners, clarifying new procedures.
  • Deployed over 1,800 Tablets, including approximately 600 in one week alone, leading to over 80% of staff teleworking.
  • Engage with children and families using innovative and creative methods via remote technology such as Face Time and Microsoft Teams.
  • Respond in-person to those circumstances which cannot be resolved remotely while staff utilize personal protective equipment.
  • Continue to monitor services to vulnerable populations such as older youth, children with specialized needs and children and families in disproportionally impacted communities.
  • Established the "When it Builds Up, Talk it Out" campaign which includes a phone line staffed by community providers whom parents can call when in need of support.
  • Conduct a contact tracing process guided by DCF Medical Director of all COVID 19 positive diagnosis.
  • Presented twice at the Governor's Council on Women and Girls Health and Safety Subcommittee regarding health and safety resources available to support Connecticut children and families and how to access them during the pandemic as well as services for survivors of intimate partner violence and their children.
  • Developed and regularly update a COVID-19 website at https://portal.ct.gov/DCF/COVID-19/COVID-19 which has resulted in over 10,000 unique individuals accessing the information.
  • Established a specific e-mail address for internal DCF staff and external partners to ask specific questions relating to the pandemic: DCF.COVID-19@ct.gov.
  • Produce a daily newsletter with information regarding supports available for children, families and staff as well as highlighting positive efforts of the workforce.
  • Encourage staff to utilize internal supports, including the Employee Assistance Program, ensuring a healthy work/life balance.
  • Established a foster parent contact database so communications can be quickly and consistently delivered and confirmed backup childcare plans with each caregiver.
  • Engage in weekly conference calls with key legislators to provide Department updates and resolve issues brought to their attention.
  • Met with leadership from 8 different state employee labor unions to answer questions and clarify operational procedures for staff throughout the department.
  • Conduct weekly videoconferencing with the Children's League of Connecticut (CLOC)
  • Outreach occurs daily from our Licensing Division to private providers caring for our children in congregate care facilities and program leads to trouble-shoot concerns with maintaining virtual connections to families they serve.
  • Follow up on inquiries from contracted and fee-for-service credentialled providers from our Fiscal Department.
  • Solicited PPE need from nonprofit provider community and submitted through the Essential Support Function process.
  • Presented the Department's planning on a national call with over 200 representatives from jurisdictions across the country.