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Policy Manual
Superior Court For Juvenile Matters

Protective Supervision

Protective Supervision   Protective Supervision is one of several alternative dispositions available to a Judge after an adjudication of neglect or uncared for is entered.  Protective supervision is defined under Conn. Gen. Stat. 17a-93(i) as: 

A status created by Court order following adjudication of neglect whereby a child's place of abode is not changed but assistance directed at correcting the neglect is provided at the request of the Court through the DCF or such other social agency as the Court may specify.

Difference Between Protective Supervision and Protective Services The essential difference between Protective Supervision and Protective Services is that there is no court involvement when services are provided by the Department under the rubric of Protective Services.
Protective Supervision Continues Court Involvement

An order of protective supervision allows for continued court involvement with a particular case when the circumstances do not warrant removal of the children, but they do require continued court scrutiny to ensure the safety of the children and compliance by the parent/guardian.

  The imposition of an order of protective supervision with court-ordered Specific Steps  provides the parent or guardian with a final chance at improving the children's lives without removing them from the parent/guardian's care.  At the dispositional hearing, the judge clearly explains that the court can and will change the disposition to commitment if the parent or guardian does not comply with the Specific Steps.

Extending Protective Supervision To extend Protective Supervision for a longer period of time than originally set by the court, the Social Worker shall request that the Assistant Attorney General (AAG) file a motion to extend at least thirty (30) days before the original expiration date.

Connecticut Department of Children and Families Effective Date: November 1, 2005 (Revised)