How long does a DCF investigation take?

Under Connecticut law, DCF has 45 days to complete their investigation.  Once completed, a DCF investigation has several possible outcomes:

  • DCF may find that the allegations are unsubstantiated and close the case.
  • DCF may substantiate the allegations but find that the issue has been resolved and close the case.
  • DCF may substantiate the allegations and then refer the case to ongoing services for continued monitoring.
  • DCF may substantiate the allegations and file a petition in juvenile court.
  • DCF may substantiate the allegations, administratively remove your child from your care, and file a petition in juvenile court.
  • DCF may substantiate the allegations, file a petition in juvenile court, and ask the court to remove your child from your care after a hearing.

When a case is closed, it means that DCF will have no further involvement with your family as a result of the investigation.  If the case is referred for ongoing services, it means that DCF will continue monitoring your family at the agency level for a period of time.  If DCF files a petition in court, it means that your family will continue to be involved with DCF at the agency level as well as in the juvenile court.