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August 6, 2012

The state Department of Children and Families facilitated 1,096 adoptions in 2011 - 2014 more than had been the DCF's target. This also represented a 96 percent adoption completion rate for children placed in adoptive homes.

These statistics are from the Period XI Monitoring report on DCF, a result of the class action suit Charlie and Nadine H. v. Christie, which is conducted every six months by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). The report is an independent evaluation of the compliance with goals and outcomes of the child welfare system.

The 1,096 adoptions also represent 48 percent adoption rate of children within 30 months of being removed from an abusive home. This rate has risen significantly since monitoring began in 2006, when it was 28 percent.

There are numerous steps DCF must follow in order to achieve permanent adoption, including termination of parental rights, as well as finding suitable homes. In order to accomplish this, the DCF must quickly create a child-specific adoption plan, provide a paralegal to facilitate termination of parental rights, and identify an adoptive family.

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