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. If they can't safely reunify with their parents, we look for families to adopt them.

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.