Nancy G. v. Connecticut Department of Children and Families

Case: Nancy G. v. Connecticut Department of Children and Families
248 Conn. 672 (1999)
Adoption :
CT Supreme Court
1999

Adoption subsidy denial to parent of special needs child affirmed. The Court found that because the record did not indicate that the Probate Court determined that Jonathan had been ‘placed’ by Jewish Family Service rather than by Americans for International Aid and Adoption, that the doctrine of collateral estoppel did not preclude the Adoption Subsidy Review Board from litigating which agency had in fact ‘placed’ Jonathan for adoption. Secondly, the Court construed the term ‘placed’ in Connecticut General Statutes § 17a-116 to mean the process by which physical custody of a child is transferred to prospective adoptive parents, and it does not refer to the process by which a child is given in adoption by a statutory parent. The Court did not reach the constitutional issues.

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