Helping Kids in DCF Custody

When children cannot safely live at home, we look to foster and kin foster parents to provide temporary out-of-home care.

How You Can Help

There are several ways that you can help children and families in your community:


On any given day in Vermont, there are about 60 children waiting in foster care for families to adopt them.

Foster & Kinship Foster Care

Foster parents provide safe, stable, and nurturing homes for children, while Family Services works with the parents and extended family members.

Permanent Guardianship

Permanent guardianship is a legal relationship, created in Family Court, between a child and relative or family friend.

Respite Care

Respite provides foster parents with much-needed breaks and children with opportunities to experience new things and develop new relationships.