Children's Rights

Can’t agree on custody or visitation or are you worried your child is not safe? You might want to ask for a lawyer for your child. Read this to learn: why your child might need a lawyer, how to ask for one, what the lawyer would do to find a solution, who pays, and more.
There are rules to make schools a safe place to learn. Read this to learn about school rules, where your child can go to school, missing school, truancy, discipline, bullying, and more.
If you want to live on your own and make your own decisions, emancipation may help you. Emancipation means that you are no longer under your parents' control. It is a big decision, no matter what your reasons are.
Your girlfriend is pregnant. The State of Connecticut has laws about your situation.
You may be able to go to court and get your police records, court records, and school discipline records erased.
TFA is Temporary Family Assistance. It’s usually called "welfare" or "state." TFA is Connecticut’s cash assistance program for low-income parents, including teenage parents, and their children.
Here are some booklets that can help you learn your rights if you are in the care of DCF or in foster care.What are my rights as a teen in DCF care?As a teen in DCF care, there’s a lot for you to know so you can make good decisions for yourself and get what you want.
You have rights in detention. This book tells you about your legal rights and about what the detention center and others have to do to keep you safe.
Were you kicked out of your house? Did you run away? Do you live in a shelter or temporarily with a friend? Did your family lose their housing?
Families Change provides information to help kids, teens, and parents deal with a family breakup like a divorce or separation. It was written with input from counselors, psychologists, lawyers, parents, teens, and kids.
This book has two goals. The first is to give parents information that will help them identify a family problem and take steps to fix it. The second is to help parents and their children if DCF and the courts get involved in their lives.
What are my rights? How can I become a legal permament resident?
By: The Center for Children's Advocacy
Here are some booklets about dating violence and statuatory rape for teens.Teen Dating Violence: Is Love Supposed to Hurt Me?Are you in a relationship with someone who tries to control you, stalks you, threatens you or physically hurts you?
If you are bullied or discriminated against because of your sexual orientation or gender expression, there are laws to protect you.
Here is a guide produced by the Connecticut Department of Education to help parents and guardians get answers to their questions about bullying.  
This page tells you the steps you must take the change the gender marker on your birth certificate in Connecticut.
If you are pregnant or have a child that's less than a year old, you can sign up for this service, which will send you important information and reminders to improve your health and the health of your baby.
By: The Center for Children's Advocacy