Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport

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1718 Capitol Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06604
United States

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Monday 9 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 9 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 9 AM-5 PM
Thursday 9 AM-5 PM
Friday 9 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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The Council of Churches is a faith-based, non-sectarian social services agency dedicated to meeting the needs of people at risk and breaking the cycle of poverty and crisis in the Greater Bridgeport area. We are committed to educating children, feeding the hungry, supporting youth in crisis, guiding former offenders, and building bridges of understanding between all faiths.

Founded in 1945 as The Council for Inter-Church Cooperation, the Charter of The Council states that: “The Council shall do jointly what no single communion, congregation or denomination can do alone; namely, to express through fellowship, cooperation, and service the essential unity of the Christian Church.”

Working in partnership with donors, congregations, community partners, and clients, our service area is concentrated on people from Bridgeport and its suburbs: Fairfield, Easton, Trumbull, Shelton, Monroe, and Stratford, with additional partners in Westport, Milford, and other portions of Fairfield and New Haven counties.


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Requirements to become a foster parent

You must meet minimum requirements to provide foster care for children in Connecticut. Before you start, educate yourself and reach out to a foster care agency. Social workers recommend that you and other family members in your home feel ready before starting your foster journey. Caring for a foster child takes time, patience, and persistence.

Contact your local licensed child-placing agency or attend an orientation meeting to learn more about what fostering entails. They will inform you about foster parent requirements, common obstacles you might face, and unique challenges among foster children. All foster kids have experienced trauma. Training teaches foster parents how best to help foster children manage their feelings and feel secure.

You must meet minimum state requirements to qualify as a foster care provider in Connecticut. Foster parents must: 

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Offer a safe living environment
  • Pass a police and FBI background check
  • Maintain sufficient income to care for a family
  • Complete the 10-week training program
  • Provide a separate bed for the foster child
  • Complete the Home Study process
  • Have a clean driving record (pass a DMV check)

Kids of the same gender in a similar age range may share a bedroom.

Contact the Connecticut Department of Children and Families or a local child-placing agency for additional questions about foster parent requirements.


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marianela baez
Apr 29, 2018

Alot of programs they offer for the community of Bridgeport . I just graduated from their CREATE Culinary Caterers basic training course .

Rating: 4