DCF 51B Response Timelines

How quickly DCF responds is based upon the severity of the allegations of abuse or neglect.
  • Emergency Response – DCF will assess child safety within 2 hours, visit and interview family within 24 hours and may take up to 5 business days to complete other response activities and the report.
  • Non-Emergency Response – DCF will assess child safety within 3 business days and may take up to 15 business days to complete the response and report.

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