Child Protective Services in Vermont

The Family Services Division (FSD)  is Vermont's child welfare agency.  We are responsible for making sure children and youth:

  • Are safe from abuse
  • Have their basic needs met
  • Live in safe, supportive, and healthy environments

Our Vision

Vermont’s children and youth live free from abuse, neglect and delinquency — in resilient families that are supported and valued by their communities.


What We Do

  • Operate a 24-hour Child Protection Hotline
  • Investigate and assess reports of abuse and neglect
  • Engage families to meet their goals to increase safety
  • Seek court involvement when required to keep children and communities safe
  • Supervise youth on probation and help repair harm caused by their behavior
  • Identify extended family and community supports
  • Support safe placements for children and youth
  • License and regulate foster homes, residential treatment programs and child placing and adoptions agencies
  • Achieve permanency options that are in the best interest of children and youth
  • Collaborate within districts, across districts and with central office  
  • Partner with service providers and other state agencies
  • Operate Woodside, the state’s only secure facility that serves youth exhibiting harmful behaviors

Our Strategic Plan

Our work is guided by our Strategic Plan: 2019-2021.  It describes our vision, mission, values, beliefs, goals and strategies.