Foster A Child in DCF Custody

making cookiesWhen children can't live at home, we find safe, temporary places for them to live.

  1. Our first choice is with relatives or family friends (kinship foster care)
  2. When that’s not possible, we look for other families

We urgently need foster families — in every community across the state and for all age groups and needs.

The Role of Foster Parents

Foster parents:

  • Open their hearts and homes to children in need
  • Work in partnership — with parents, relatives, social workers, and others — towards the stated goal (e.g., child’s safe return home)

Keeping Children in Their Own Communities

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.  

  • Click here for fast facts about the importance of educational stability
  • Click here to watch a VT video about the impact of having to change schools

Who Can Apply

To foster a child in DCF custody, you:

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

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 welcome to apply!

What We Look For

We are open to all families who are willing to: 

  • Learn, grow, and develop new skills
  • Work as part of a dedicated team
  • Go the extra mile for children and youth in need

All types of families are needed!

Deciding If Foster Parenting Is Right For You

Being a foster parent is not for everyone. There are many things to consider before you decide whether it's right for your family. Below are some tools that can help!

Other Ways You Could Help

If you can't do foster care at this time, there are other ways you could help.

Get The Process Started

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

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