The Connecticut Junior Republic provides five distinct residential programs to serve boys and girls who require residential care on a long- or short-term basis. Whenever possible, these programs seek to reunite young people with their families as soon as possible. Intensive home-based, family-focused services are generally provided during residential care and following discharge for all youth.
Short Term Residential Services
Please note: Referrals to CJR’s Residential Programs can be made only through the Courts and the Department of Children and Families.
The first residential program in the United States to fully integrate Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) into its frame work of services, CJR's BIRP is designed to engage boys and their families in support services during the four month treatment period so youth may return to their homes and communities as quickly as possible. Conducted on CJR's 150 - acre Litchfield campus, this residential program focuses on identifying and developing inherent strengths within the family and improving relationships of all members.
Located at CJR’s Waterbury Program on Prospect Street, the CARE Community Residential Program is a short-term residential program for girls, ages 12-17, provided in partnership with CSSD. This residential program provides up to 45 days of respite care, case management, clinical assessment and family mediation. The CARE program serves up to eight girls at any given time and focuses on crisis intervention, assessment and family mediation.
The Connecticut Junior Republic operates a group home in Winchester for boys referred by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF). See below for more information about this group home.
All referrals to CJR's residential programs are made by the Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division (CSSD) or by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
Christine Jaffer, MSW, LCSW
Director of Residential Programs
550 Goshen Road
P.O. Box 161
Litchfield, CT 06759
Telephone: (860) 567-9423, ext. 255
The Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) will provide a safe and secure environment for all residents. CJR ensures training, education, prevention, detection, response, investigation, and tracking of all reported acts of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. In accordance with state and federal regulations, the Connecticut Junior Republic reports that there were no allegations or incidents of sexual abuse reported between July 2014 - June 2015.
How do I report sexual abuse?
If you suspect that sexual abuse has occurred at a CJR program, you have several options for reporting. You may call Ms. Christine Jaffer, MSW, LCSW, the CJR PREA Coordinator, at (860) 567-9423, ext. 255; or you may call the Sexual Assault Hotline at 1- 888-999-5545. Reports may also be made directly to the Police Department in the location where the allegations occurred. Please have any information or evidence available for the investigator who will be assigned to handle the case. All reports are taken seriously and investigated as outlined by CJR's PREA policies and procedures.