State Adoption in Vermont
The first hope for children and youth in state custody is safe and timely reunification with their parents. When that can't happen, the state must pursue other options for achieving permanence.
We first pursue adoption with people who already have a connection to the children (e.g., relatives, family friends, and the current foster parents). Sometimes, however, they are unable to adopt and new families need to be found.
The need for adoptive parents
On any given day in Vermont, there are about 60 children waiting in foster care for families to adopt them.
Most are school-aged. Many have special needs related to the trauma they experienced. Some are part of a sibling group who want to stay together. What they all have in common is the desire to belong. They all want a place to go for the holidays. Someone to share good news with and ask for advice. Someone to rely on. They all want families.
Who can apply
To adopt a child in foster care:
Applications are considered regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity/expression, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
Who we are looking for
Adoptive parents come from all walks of life, with diverse life experiences, levels of education, income levels, occupations, and lifestyles. Some have experience with children, while others are willing to learn.
Here’s what they all have in common:
Making the decision to adopt
Adopting a child will affect every aspect of your life and every member of your household. Everyone in your home needs to think about what it will mean to them and what adjustments they may have to make. It is a decision for the entire family. Click here for a list of questions that can help you make the decision
The application process
Click here to learn about the application process.
Support available to adoptive parents
Click here to learn about the support available to adoptive parents in Vermont.
For More Information
Call Project Family if you want more information about adopting a waiting child or to begin the adoption process. We are here to help!
Read the Adoptions Fact Sheet.
Project Family is a partnership between the Vermont Department for Children and Families and Lund — our state’s largest and oldest nonprofit adoption agency. Working together, we find and support adoptive parents for Vermont children in need.
Phone: 1-800-746-7000 toll-free throughout Vermont
Adopt a waiting child!
You'll get to:
Meet some of the kids waiting for families to adopt them.
Click here to go to the newsletter section of VFAFA's website.
Click here for a list of trainings for adoptive, foster, kinship, and guardianship caregivers in Vermont.