For example, if law enforcement takes a child into custody from a foster home and they believe they have a relative whom they can release the juvenile to pending DCF's decision for a permanent placement. The officer can fax the form to DCF 24/7 and request information regarding whether that family member has past complaints or concerns with allowing the juvenile placement.
The key to the use of the form is the use of the agency ORI which they will use to match to the listed agency to assure the legitimacy of the request. Also the phone number where the officer can be contacted, preferably through dispatch, to confirm the request if necessary. DCF will respond by FAX.
This form does not have to be used in every case. Only those where the officer or intake desires more information from DCF. The information DCF will provide with this form will not be made available via phone, only through this reciprocal FAX process.
Please distribute this information and form to your officers and make it available for their use.
DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE.