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DCF Policy Manuals

This section of the DCF web site is devoted to communicating the policies and procedures by which DCF provides its services. Policy and procedures are issued by the Department and its divisions and offices. For more information on DCF's divisions and offices, please click here.

Searching for Policies and Procedures

Each policy manual displays its content by Volume, Chapter, Subchapter, and Issuance. Use the menu on the left to navigate to issuances. Issuances are available in PDF format - simply click on the Adobe PDF icon to open, save, or print a policy.

Use the Search bar at the top right of any Policy Manual page to find a particular policy or procedure. For best results, select the search option that limits your query to the DCF Policy Manuals. Click here for detailed instructions on searching the DCF Policy Manuals.


Please note that DCF Policy is subject to change without notice in order to reflect the Department's current practices. Click here to contact the Office of Policy and Regulatory Development for information regarding specific policies.

Other Contacts

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