Information for Youth and Young Adults

Youth

We understand that being removed from your home and separated from your family and, often, your friends, can be very difficult. We want you to know that people at the Department of Children and Families are committed to working with you and your family to ensure that, if possible, you can be safely reunited.

In the meantime, it’s important for you to know that you have the right to live in a safe and nurturing environment where you can follow your dreams and lead a healthy and happy life.  You deserve nothing less.  We want you to know that your health and safety are very important to the people who work at DCF.  You can help us make sure that you are safe and healthy by being aware of your rights and responsibilities, what you can expect from the Department of Children and Families – and by speaking up for yourself.

We have created this youth and young adult web page to be a source of information that will help you as you navigate through the foster care system.

On these pages you’ll find information about your rights while in foster care, including your right to live in a safe home, to legal representation, to privacy, and your personal possessions, to a quality education and proper medical treatment and mental health care.

Like any child or young adult, you need to work with the adults around you to make plans for your future. Advocate for your voice and rights to be heard! Advocate for your future to be bright and successful!

Advocate for yourself and others to be responsible and ask for what assistance you need, taking the advice, following the directions, and be everything you were born to be!!!

On this web page, you’ll find links to state and national organizations that may be of interest to you.  We will continually add resources that we believe will give you the information that will help you make the right decisions about your future.  These pages are intended for you, and we encourage your input and suggestions on how we can improve these pages.

We hope you’ll visit often.