Vermont foster care and adoption guidelines
Many children in Vermont—from infants to teens—currently live away from their families in foster care. These children and their families need caring people like you to help them through a difficult time. There are many ways you can help, with one option being adoption.
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On this page:
- Foster care and adoption licensing requirements
- Costs to foster and adopt
- Post-adoption support services
- Agency contact and orientation information
- Information on Vermont's children
To become a licensed foster parent in the state of Vermont, you must be at least 21 years old, live in Vermont, and have sufficient income to support your family. For more information, please visit the Vermont Department for Children and Families.
If you are interested in adopting a child in Vermont State custody, you can visit the Vermont Department for Children and Families.
There may be nominal costs associated with becoming a foster parent, though most will be reimbursed. This is also the case if you adopt a child in Vermont State custody through the state of Vermont.
If you work with a private agency, they may charge fees. Any questions about private agency fees should be answered by that agency.
If you adopt a child who is waiting in foster care in another state, there may be costs. However, when families adopt children who are in foster care and eligible for subsidy, the families may be eligible for reimbursement of some adoption-related costs, such as attorney’s fees and court fees, through the child’s state. Many families use low-cost adoption options every year.
Learn about the support available to families who adopt in your state:
- Primary provider: Department for Children and Families, Resources for Adoptive Families
- Vermont Adoption Consortium, whose website includes a list of parent support groups and a lending library of books, articles, audiotapes, and videotapes for families.
The Vermont Adoption Consortium, the Vermont Department for Children and Families, and the Vermont Foster/Adoptive Family Association regularly sponsor workshops for adoptive parents, pre-adoptive parents, foster parents, and professionals.
Child-Placing Agencies licensed in Vermont (adoption services)
There are 1,436 children in foster care in Vermont; 265 of these children are waiting for adoptive families.