- 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!
- Read the Licensing Regulations for Foster Care
- Read the Resource Guide for Foster & Kinship Foster Families
- Watch a 22-minute video Foster Care in Vermont