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Connecticut Department of Social Services Programs

Family Resource Centers

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children & Families

Fatherhood Initiative of Connecticut


Child Welfare

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate

Center for Children's Advocacy


Child Support Issues

Connecticut DSS Child Resource Center

End Hunger CT, No Kid Hungry CT

Connecticut Nurturing Families Network

Connecticut Care 4 Kids

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services-Office of Child Care

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)

Women Infants & Children (WIC)

CT Food Bank



Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF)


Children with Special Healthcare Needs

CT Title V (Five)

MCH Library at Georgetown University, Autism Knowledge Path

Connecticut Family Support Council

Connecticut Birth to Three (IDEA Part B-Early Intervention Programs)

Connecticut Board of Education & Services for the Blind

Connecticut Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDS)

Connecticut DDS Autism & Family Support

Information on the DDS Connecticut Medicaid Waiver

Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Centers

Connecticut Family Support Network Links

Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Autism Speaks, Connecticut

Connecticut Office of Protection & Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

Connecticut Parent Advisory Center (CPAC)

African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP)

Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress

Community Options, Inc.

Ability Beyond Disability

Vocational Resources for Individuals with disabilities

Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities

U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education & Resource Services (OSERS)

OSEP Publications



Connecticut DSS Housing Assistance

Connecticut Rental Assistance Program

Connecticut DSS Section 8 Resources


Domestic Violence

Important Statewide Links

Connecticut Office Of Victim Services


Educational Resources

Connecticut Department of Education

Connecticut Department of Education: Adult Education

U. S. Department of Education, Frequently Asked Questions



Connecticut Department of Health

Connecticut Directory of Children’s Health Programs

HUSKY Insurance Plan

Connecticut Department of Public Health Childhood Obesity Prevention



If you do not find a resource that meets your family’s needs, please consider calling 211 CT Infoline or reaching out to the vast network of parent advocates who provide outstanding support to Connecticut parents.

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In March 2010, more than 130 million addresses across the nation will receive a census questionnaire. One of the shortest census forms in history, the 2010 Census questionnaire asks 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete. April 1st is National Census Day and this day is used as a point of reference for sending your completed forms back in the mail. Completing your census questionnaire is easy, important and safe, and your participation is essential to ensuring a brighter tomorrow for our community.

By participating in the census, you can help create a better future for you and those important to you. Complete and return your form when it arrives. To learn more, visit

Background on the Census

Required once every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution, the census will count every person living in the United States, both citizens and noncitizens. Census data are used to reapportion the U.S. House of Representatives, re-district each state and determine the distribution of the Electoral College. Census data also directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local and tribal governments.

Most importantly, census data is critical in determining locations for new hospitals, improving schools, building new roads, expanding public transportation options and creating new maps for emergency responders.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions, please contact Congressman Larson’s District Office at 860-278-888 or click here to go to the Census 2010 official website.

When will the census forms be delivered?

The form package, which will consist of the initial form, a cover letter and a return envelope, will be delivered between March 15 and March 17, 2010, in areas where the United States Postal Service delivers the census forms for the Census Bureau. Census Bureau workers will deliver forms between March 1 and April 30, 2010, in all other areas.

What 10 questions are asked on the 2010 Census form?

Four general questions are asked about the household:

  1. If the housing unit is owned or rented
  2. Telephone number
  3. How many people live in the residence
  4. If any additional people who lived at the residence on April 1, 2010, were not included

Six specific questions for each household member:

  1. Name and Sex
  2. Age and date of birth
  3. Relationship to the person who owns or rents this residence
  4. Whether this person is of Hispanic origin
  5. Race
  6. If this person sometimes lives or stays elsewhere
Do I have to respond to the 2010 Census?

Yes, your participation in the 2010 Census is vital and required by law. Title 13 section 221 of the United States Code requires your response. Title 13 also requires that the Census Bureau keep respondents’ answers confidential and uses them only for tabulations that do not reveal any personal data about individuals or households.

Why did I receive a form for both the 2010 Census and a form for the American Community Survey?

Every household in the country will receive a 2010 Census form so that we can provide an official count of the entire U.S. population to Congress. However, your address happens also to be a part of the sample of addresses the American Community Survey is surveying.

Both the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey are vitally important to ensure your community receives government funding for education, transportation, neighborhood improvements and much more. Please fill out and mail back your 2010 Census form and your American Community Survey form. Your participation in each also is required by law.



“The First District Congressional Youth Cabinet is a source of immeasurable pride for me. The young men and women that make up this extraordinary group are not only an inspiration in their commitment to public service, but an invaluable source of information for me on the issues that affect youth throughout the community.” – Congressman John B. Larson


Who We Are and Why Our Voice Count

The First Congressional Youth Cabinet was created in 2008 by Congressman John B. Larson. It is comprised of two students from each high school within Connecticut’s First Congressional District. According to Congressman Larson, the youth voice provides a unique and valuable perspective on shaping American policy. He has made the term “youth engagement” a meaningful and genuine action. The Youth Cabinet is a concrete demonstration of his strong commitment to the health and wellbeing of children, youth, and families in the First District and across the nation.

At no point in American history is youth engagement more critical than now; and new technology provides youth with powerful new tools for positive action. No one can deny that we live in a global and technologically advanced world – a world in which people can connect and do business from anywhere on the planet in literally an instant. This creates an exciting opportunity for today's youth, who have access to technologies that were unimaginable a generation ago. Technological changes over the past few decades have affected almost everything that our parents, grandparents and ancestors have known in their homes, lives, and work places.

We believe American youth have not been stunted by technology, but rather are the face of how technological change is enriching our lives. Youth are the hosts of a new potential that provides Americans with increased ability to shape our nation’s path and role in the leadership of a new world. Youth have unprecedented access to a vast network of peers. Youth can communicate with one another in real time and can be valuable in strengthening the ties that bind us regardless of how government sees their role. Today's youth are changing how the youth of the future will live. 

In many ways, today’s youth are finding themselves on the edge of a new frontier. In this new frontier our nation must remain strong and show the world the strength of its democratic government. Youth involvement is the catalyst to a healthy and strong democracy and we believe the Youth Cabinet can help youth realize their incredible potential. All members of the Congressional Youth Cabinet are nominated by their schools to serve. If you would like more information on this process, please contact Ed Skowronek on my staff at (860) 278-8888. Click here for more information on how to join the First Congressional Youth Cabinet.


Forum on Youth Engagement

Thursday, August 29th, Congressman Larson joined members of the First Congressional Youth Cabinet to host a forum on youth engagement. Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill and other leading experts discussed the importance of youth engagement and what meaningful youth engagement looks like in practice. Other speakers included Alex Wirth of The Huffington Post, author Kim Sabo-Flores and Thaddeus Ferber, Vice President of Policy for the Forum on Youth Investment.



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