When a child’s safety is threatened and that threat is substantiated, the child may be placed in the custody of the Department for Children and Families Family Services Division (DCF-FSD). Custody arrangements vary; the child may remain at home with supportive services, or be placed with a relative or foster family.

The point in time count of children in protective custody in 2019 was 659, with 246 under the age of 3 [1]. Point in time counts by region are available in the regional profile. These data are collected each year on September 30th.

Return to the Table of Contents for the 2019 How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families? report.

1. Department for Children and Families, Family Services Division (2019). Data provided by the Division Quality Assurance Supervisor.