Summer is here again! Our chance to be outside and enjoy nature! As we move into our new normal, CAFAF is making some moves too. We have slowly begun to hold Support Groups, in person and outdoors. We will also look to provide some in-person post-licensing training sessions, including CPR classes. Please watch for emails from CAFAF Liaisons and periodically check the CAFAF web site.

We also continue to update our post-licensing curriculum. As we go to press, we are finalizing a new online session focusing on remote learning, taught by two elementary school teachers. Hopefully the days of remote learning will be significantly less in Connecticut but most people agree that remote learning will still be utilized in the future. In addition to the new online module, we are finalizing three other modules focusing on: Coping with Racism and Current Events; Circle of Security (in English and Spanish); and Managing Adult & Grandparent Stress. We are excited with these new modules!

CAFAF held its annual two-day conference via Zoom in May and we were pleased overall. However, we are thrilled to report that we have made plans to hold our 2022 annual conference at the Mystic Marriott on May 6 – 7, 2022.

CAFAF staff and our families statewide are continuing to assist DCF with some major initiatives. One is QPI. Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) is a refocus of child welfare to return to making the child the center of any interventions and it expects that all adults involved will bring all attention to what works best for the child. This includes biological family members, social workers, foster and adoptive family members, judges, attorneys, therapists, teachers and mentors. QPI is moving out across the state of Connecticut. See inside for our interview with DCF Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes, Deputy Commissioner Michael Williams, Bureau Chief of External Affairs Ken Mysogland, and Director of Foster Care Division, Natalia Liriano. Thank you to all of the foster and adoptive families that have offered to serve on various QPI initiative meetings!

SAVE THE DATE: CAFAF’s Return of Avenue of Dreams!!! March 19, 2022!

For more CAFAF CT news and updates, download the full Communique Summer 2021 newsletter in English and Español. Have a wonderful summer!

Margaret Doherty
Executive Director