FSD Laws, Regs, Rules & Practice Guidance

There are several laws, regulations, and rules that govern the work that we do. Below are the main ones.

Bill of Rights for Children and Youth

Click here to view the Sibling Bill of Rights and the Normalcy Bill of Rights.  While these bills are not statute or legal rights, they do guide our work with children and youth.

FSD Policies

Click here to go to the FSD Policies page.

FSD Regulations

FSD has licensing regulations for the foster homes we license and the facilities we regulate.

Regulations for Child-Placing Agencies
Regulations for Commissioner-Designated Shelter Programs
Regulations For Foster Homes in Vermont
Regulations for Residential Treatment Programs

FSD Rules

Click here to go to the FSD Rules page.

Interstate Compacts

Interstate Compact on Juveniles (ICJ)
Procedures and protections for youth on probation and/or parole and the return of runaways

Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)
Legal and administrative procedures governing the interstate placement of children

State Laws

There are several state laws that govern our work. The main ones are:

Title 33: Human Services, Chapter 1: Department For Children And Families
Title 33: Human Services, Chapter 49: CHILD WELFARE SERVICES
Title 33: Human Services, Chapter 51: GENERAL PROVISIONS
Title 33: Human Services, Chapter 52: DELINQUENCY PROCEEDINGS
Title 33: Human Services, Chapter 53: CHILDREN IN NEED OF CARE OR SUPERVISION
Title 33: Human Services, Chapter 57: Interstate Compact on Juveniles
Title 33: Human Services, Chapter 58: Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center
Title 33: Human Services, Chapter 59: Interstate Compact On The Placement Of Children

State Policies & Procedures

The State of Vermont Compliance Monitoring Policy and Procedure Manual guides the monitoring of facilities in Vermont where public authorites (e.g., law enforcement, courts, DCF) may hold youth securely.

Guide to Vermont Juvenile Proceedings Statute & Rules

This guidebook (published in November 2015) was compiled by the Vermont Court Improvement Program for your convenience and should not be considered primary authority.

Federal Laws 

There are several federal laws that govern our work. The main ones are:

Title IV of the Social Security Act:

  1. Part B - Child And Family Services - Promotes the development and expansion of coordinated child and family services to ensure all children are raised in safe, loving families.
  2. Part E—Federal Payments For Foster Care And Adoption Assistance - Covers the cost of foster care, adoption subsidies for children with special needs,  and training for staff, foster parents, and adoptive parents.

Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) 2010:  Outlines the duty and power of States to protect children.

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act : Congress first enacted the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act in 1974. This landmark legislation established the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to support local and state efforts to prevent delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system. Congress reauthorized the JJDP Act in November of 2002. The reauthorization supports OJJDP's established mission while introducing important changes that streamline the Office's operations and bring a sharper focus to its role.

Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003:  Provides information, resources, recommendations, and funding to help federal, state, and local institutions protect individuals from rape in prison.

Major Federal Legislation

Click here to read the document Major Federal Legislation Concerned with Child Protection, Child Welfare, and Adoption, which presents a summary of federal child welfare legislation since 1974 that has had a significant impact on the field.

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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