Foster A Child in DCF Custody

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Foster parents:

  • Open their hearts and homes to children in need
  • Make sure children are safe and well cared for
  • Support parents as they work towards safely reuniting with their children
  • Work as part of a team

The Need for Foster Parents

We need families for children of all ages and experiences, including:

  • Infants, toddlers, young children & teens
  • Children with complex medical or developmental needs
  • LGBTQ youth
  • Sibling groups

The more qualified foster families we have in every community, the easier it is to keep children and youth in their own communities and schools.  This is important for their educational stability.


Who Can Apply

To foster a child in DCF custody, you:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Can be single, married, living with a partner, or joined through a civil union
  • Must meet the licensing requirements for foster homes in Vermont

You can apply to provide foster care for a specific child you know or for any child in need. 

Applications are considered regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity/expression, race, religion, or sexual orientation. All types of families are needed and are welcome to apply!


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Get The Process Started

  1. Complete this short Foster Care Inquiry Form OR
  2. Call your local Family Services District Office and ask for the Resource Coordinator

Join a team that dedicated to protecting children and supporting families!

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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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