Children and Families


Intervention Services

Family Support & Intervention Services assist families with issues that have led to Department of Children and Families (DCF) involvement.

Our goal is to promote the safety and well-being of all family members by maintaining and building on primary family connections, while connecting families to community resources as needed. Assistance ranges from two to six hours per week for three to six months.

We work closely with the Connecticut Department of Children & Families (DCF) in all our Intervention Services, offering: assessment, home-based visitation and support, counseling, education (parenting skills, substance abuse prevention, health care, budgeting, job skills), case coordination, and access to community resources.  These intervention services are all by DCF referral only and include:

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)

Triple P is an in-home program, providing an evidence-based parenting curriculum. The intervention involves a thorough assessment of parent-child interaction, the application of parenting skills to a broad range of target behaviors and the use of generalization enhancement strategies to promote parental autonomy. This program provides opportunities for parents to develop advanced assessment and intervention skills. Once the assessment is completed the parent may the adolescent behavior to address.

Intensive Family Preservation (IFP)

The Intensive Family Preservation (IFP) program promotes the safety and well-being of all family members by maintaining and building on primary family connections. The program helps parents improve their parenting abilities, identify and build on family strengths, and reduce behaviors which may place a child or family at risk. Services are available 24-hours per day for an average of 12 weeks.

Reconnecting Families Program (RFP)

RFP provides clinical support for families whose child(ren) are placed out of the home by the Department of Children & Families (DCF) and whose goal is reunification.

Supportive Housing for Families

The Supportive Housing for Families program in partnership with The Connection provides families served by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) throughout the state with support services and access to safe, quality, affordable and permanent housing.

Supportive Housing for Families is located throughout the state, with offices in New Haven, Groton, Middletown, Hartford, Waterbury, Torrington, Danbury and Bridgeport. The program helps families become reunited with children who have been placed in foster care, or prevents the placing children in foster care from happening by providing adequate housing.

Services provided include:

  • Assisting clients in securing housing subsidy and/or rental housing
  • Providing transportation
  • Providing clients with referrals, advocacy, crisis intervention and counseling services, as needed.
  • Coordinating substance abuse treatment, such as Relapse Prevention, Children’s Services, Educational Support and Parenting Training

Caregiver Support Teams

The Caregiver Support Team (CST) is an intensive home visiting program specifically designed for children being placed into kinship, foster and pre-adoptive homes. Caregiver teams provide early intervention and support to caregiving families for children who have been removed from their parent’s custody and placed with them. Services are focused on working collaboratively with caregivers and DCF in securing community resources, assessing natural supports and family needs, permanency planning and assistance in a variety of settings.

Respite Care

The Respite Care program is designed to give parents and their children positive time apart, especially in cases where parents may be overwhelmed by their child’s difficult behavior. The purpose of the program is to provide parents with a break from the daily demands of parents children with special needs. Families must be referred by their Systems of Care (SOC) worker to be eligible for the program. Once accepted, a Respite Care provider will typically be assigned to work with your family for a total of 45 hours over approximately a three-month period. All providers are closely supervised by the Respite Coordinator and the Director of Foster Care.

For more information

For more information on Intervention Services, contact Tiffany McCarthy, Director of Family Support & Intervention Services at (203) 523-5312 or e-mail