DCF is committed to providing adolescent services that stress positive development and youth empowerment. The Adolescent Services Unit at DCF Central Office provides programming and support to all youth 14 and older who are in the Department's care and custody. The Department encourages youth to take an active role in all aspects of planning for services.

Through many different services and programs, adolescent services offer support and understanding - as well as information and opportunities for growth.
All kinds of programs and special events for youth are available. DCF also has many opportunities for peer support and leadership. These experiences provide youth with a chance to make new friends, learn from one another and share with each other what it's like to be in agency care. Youth themselves report back to the Department that these activities help them recognize their own strengths, increase their self-esteem and provide a sense of accomplishment.

This information is provided by the Department of Children and Families.