Adopt A Child in DCF Custody

You can give children what we all want: a sense of belonging, a place to call home and lifelong family connections.

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The Need for Adoptive Parents

On any given day in Vermont, there are about 80 children waiting in foster care for families to adopt them. Most are school-aged, many have special needs and some are part of a sibling group who want to stay together.


The Waiting Children


Who Can Apply

To adopt a child in foster care, you:

  • Must be at least 21
  • Can be single, married, living with a partner, or joined through civil union
  • Must have a valid adoption home study or Vermont foster care license

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


Learn More

Adoption Assistance for Children Involved With DCF
Agreement for Post-Adoption Contact or Communications
Provide Permanency
Vermont Adoption Consortium


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Contact Project Family at 1-800-746-7000 or Toni.Yandow@partner.vermont.gov.


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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

http://dcf.vermont.gov/fsd

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