Family Services Division (FSD)

The Family Services Division (FSD) has two major roles:

  1. As Vermont's child protection agency
  2. As Vermont's youth justice agency

Our Practice Model

Our work is guided by the Family Services Practice Model, which describes what we want to accomplish with the children, youth and families we serve and how we perform that work.


For More Information

To learn more about how both systems work, please read A Parent’s Guide To Vermont’s Child Welfare & Youth Justice Agency.


Our goal is to make sure children and youth live in safe, supportive, and healthy environments. To that end, we work in partnership with parents, relatives, educators, law enforcement, community-based service providers, courts, foster parents, and others. We do not do this work alone!

Safety Precautions: if a Family Services social worker visits your home, they should be wearing or carrying a state-issued identification badge. Click on a link below to learn what you can expect and what your rights are during the visit.

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