Department of Children and Families
DCF brings together a wide array of programs and services that affect the well-being of individuals, children, and families in Vermont.
Our goal is to return children to their homes as soon as it's safe to do so. Sometimes, however, children cannot safely go home and permanent families need to be found.
National Foster Parent Association
The National Foster Parent Association is the only national organization which strives to support foster parents, and remains a consistently strong voice on behalf of all children.
Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children
ATTACh, the Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children, is an international coalition of professionals and families dedicated to helping those with attachment difficulties by sharing our knowledge, talents and resources.
The National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
Geared toward grandparents, the resources on this page address a wide variety of topics that are practical and align well with the Practice Model of Family Services. Topics include information about bedtime routines, the impact of trauma, the importance of family traditions and much more. Details can be found on their website or in the attached letter.
The Family Service Practice Model articulates the values and best practices that drive the work we do with children, youth, and families. It also provides a structure for thinking about the work we do every day and guides the development of policy and practice guidance.
Vermont DCF Resource Guide for Foster Parents
Vermont Resource Families Listserv
NEW The Vermont Adoption Consortium
Is comprised of agencies and groups from around the state that have joined together for a common purpose: to support and strengthen Vermont families joined by adoption.
NEW Vermont Kin As Parents (VKAP)
is a grassroots, nonprofit organization committed to supporting kin who are raising relatives’ children.
NEW Department for Children and Families, Families Services Division (DCF/FSD)
The mission of the Family Services Division is to protect children and strengthen families, in partnership with families and communities. Here you will find countless resources for Foster/Kinship and Adoptive Families and other areas of interest
Here you can meet children still waiting for Adoption in VT.
NEW Step Up VT - Protect Kids
NEW Prevent Child Abuse Vermont
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont promotes and supports healthy relationships within families, schools and communities to eliminate child abuse.
NEW My Benefits
Visit this site if you need help meeting your family’s basic needs or call 1-800-479-6151.
NEW Vermont Family Network (VFN)
Promotes better health, education and well-being for all children and families, with a focus on children and young adults with special needs.
NEW “Voices at The Table”
This resource blog, at is a hub for kinship, foster, and adoptive families in Vermont. It is a site where you can share knowledge, concerns, insights, and triumphs with other families. You’ll also be able to access classes throughout the state, parenting websites, and much more. Recent posts include how to help children cope after tragic incidents, a congressional internship opportunity for youth in foster care, and how to manage strong feelings during holidays and other special occasions.
NEW Caregiver Training Collaborative Calendar
As members of the Caregiver Training Collaborative, we encourage you to take a look at this calendar of useful events throughout Vermont. Scroll down to Training Support, and click on the link under Advanced Training Opportunities. This calendar lists classes, trainings, support groups, and other events throughout the state that are of interest to children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma.