About CAS

CARA family July 2008

A CAS Family

 

OUR MISSION

The mission of Connecticut Adoption Services is to create, strengthen and support families through the adoption/permanent placement of children in safe and loving homes.

Connecticut Adoption Services (CAS) works to increase the number of successful adoptions within Connecticut, especially the adoption of children who have special placement needs. On average, we provide services to 150 families each year.  We assist with the placement of approximately 40 children per year (30 private adoptions and 10 foster care adoptions).  Since its beginning, CAS has helped with about 1,000 adoptions!

HISTORY

The agency was established by a group of individuals concerned with the increasing number of state foster children waiting for adoptive parents. Incorporated in 1989, the agency was originally known as “Child Adoption Resource Association”. In 2009, in honor of its 20th Anniversary, the agency took on its new name and logo. In April 2013, CT Adoption Services joined with Waterford Country School (WCS), a multi-program community service agency in Southeastern Connecticut that has been serving Southeastern Connecticut since 1922. With WCS as our parent company, our clients now have access to a wider range of services including trainings, support groups, and the mental health clinic. WCS holds the highest level of accreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA). We look forward to many years of collaboration with this long-standing, well-respected organization. Connecticut Adoption Services remains dedicated to the identification of prospective adoptive parents through community awareness and networking with organizations and agencies addressing adoption issues.

AGENCY SERVICES

Connecticut Adoption Services was fully licensed as an adoption agency in 1994. We have been matching families and adoptive children successfully now for many years. In the beginning, the agency worked primarily with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to find families for foster children.  Connecticut Adoption Services continues to be the only agency in Eastern Connecticut dealing with minority and special needs adoptions. We have however, expanded our services to provide assistance with all types of adoptions on a state-wide level. We have one full-time and 12 part-time case workers on staff. Our services include the following:

  • FREE Monthly Information Sessions
  • Private and DCF home studies
  • Birth parent counseling and services to legally free children for private adoption
  • Educational classes for families adopting state foster children
  • Recruitment of families to adopt specific children
  • Post-placement supervision for private and DCF clients
  • In-home therapeutic support services for families adopting state foster children
  • Adoptive parent on-line support group
  • Assistance with creating Life Books
  • Support to biological and adoptive families throughout the adoption process
  • Finalization of private adoptions, including relative and step-children
  • Post-finalization counseling

ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Connecticut Adoption Services is a member of the Connecticut Council on Adoption of which Program Director, Sandra Couillard is a member of the executive board. Ms. Couillard is a member of the Connecticut Adoption Community Network and a voting member of the Southeastern Area Advisory Council, a group that helps to advise the Dept. of Children & Families. Several years ago, CAS formed the “Connecticut Collaboration of Private Adoption Agencies”, and it continues to head up this group. The purpose of the collaborative is to help find adoptive families for privately placed infants, including those with special placement needs.

NON- DISCRIMINATORY POLICY

Connecticut Adoption Services is a non-sectarian, non-profit, private agency serving children and families of Connecticut. It is the policy of Connecticut Adoption Services to provide equal opportunity to all people without regard to race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation or physical or mental handicap.  Connecticut Adoption Services is fully committed to assuring equal opportunity and equal consideration through affirmative action principles in the composition of its board and staff by actively seeking and recruiting interested and qualified persons from all sectors of the community. Connecticut Adoption Services seeks to promote the full realization of this policy through positive, continuing services to the community.