Adopt a Child in DCF Custody

mom and daughterThe first hope for children and youth in state custody is to safely reunify with their parents. When that can’t happen within a reasonable timeframe, the state must pursue other options for achieving permanence.  We first pursue adoption with people who already have a connection to a child (e.g., relatives, family friends, and the current foster parents). Sometimes, however, they are unable to adopt and new families need to be found.

The Need for Adoptive Parents

On any given day in Vermont, there are about 70 children waiting in foster care for families to adopt them. 

Meet the children waiting for their forever families.

Who Can Apply

To adopt a child in foster care:

  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You can be single, married, living with a partner, or joined through a civil union.
  • You must have enough room to house a child and sufficient income to support your family.

Applications are considered regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity/expression, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Additional Resources

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Project Family is a partnership between the Vermont Department for Children and Families and Lund — our state’s largest and oldest nonprofit adoption agency. Working together, we find and support adoptive parents for Vermont children in need.

Contact Project Family at 1-800-746-7000 or for more information or to begin the adoption process.

A partnership between DCF and:

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Family Services Division (FSD)

Deputy Commissioner Karen Shea
DCF - Family Services Division
280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT - 05671-1030
Phone:(802) 241-2131

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