Children's Committee to Hold Committee Investigation & Informational Hearing Regarding Harwinton Group HomeSeptember 22, 2023
For Immediate Release
September 22, 2023
State Representative Liz Linehan (D-Cheshire, Wallingford, Hamden), House Chair of the Committee on Children, and Senator Ceci Maher (D-Darien, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and Wilton), Senate Chair of the Committee on Children, have announced an informational hearing that will focus on the Bridge Family Center's STAR Home (Short Term Assessment and Respite) in Harwinton after allegations of sex trafficking, violence, and abuse at the group home for children surfaced.
In response to these allegations, the Committee on Children will hold an informational hearing on Tuesday, October 10, at 1 p.m., at the Legislative Office Building, Room 2C.
Invitations will begin going out on Monday, September 25, to individuals requested to testify before the Children's Committee on October 10. Invitations will continue to go out between September 25 and the October 10 hearing.
"After reading published reports of the incidents in question, I immediately reached out to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) for a detailed and historical accounting of the group home," said Representative Linehan. "DCF will deliver this requested document this afternoon, at which time the committee will begin reviewing the document while consulting with the Child Advocate. We will spend the time between receipt of this document and the date of the hearing to do our due diligence which will culminate in this hearing where questions must be answered. As Children's Committee Co-Chairs, our responsibility is to ensure the safety of Connecticut's children. It is imperative this hearing is focused solely on the system and adults who may have failed these children, and not on the children themselves. This will not be a referendum on the victims, but a thorough and thoughtful review of the programs which are supposed to support our most vulnerable kids."
“We recognize that there is an issue at the STAR Home in Harwinton and we need to find solutions that build upon our current successes with diversionary programs," said Senator Maher. "The informational hearing we’re holding on October 10 will allow us to hear from all stakeholders and help to provide a path forward.”
WHAT: INFORMATIONAL HEARING REGARDING STAR HOME IN HARWINTON
WHEN: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1 P.M.
WHERE: LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING, ROOM 2C