Social Services (DCFS):Children's Services Information

Children's Services

Dept. of Community & Family Services (DCFS)
Sabrina Jaar Marzouka, Commissioner

The Children’s Services Division provides numerous services to children and families in Dutchess County, including the following:

  1. Child Protective Services
  2. Preventive Services
  3. Foster Care Services
  4. Adoption and Homefinding Services
  5. Institutional Care and Detention


The primary mission of Children’s Services is to ensure that five main outcomes are achieved by the children and families for whom we provide services. These outcomes are established by New York State:

  1. Children are safe.
  2. Families are preserved.
  3. Children and adolescents have permanency.
  4. Child and adolescent developmental needs are met.
  5. Adolescents receive independent living training.


In addition to providing direct services to families, we contract with several other public and community agencies which offer services to meet the needs of Dutchess County youth and families.

More information about each Children’s Services Unit is available in the individual section regarding that unit.

* Child Protective Services Staff provide on call coverage for both case managers and supervisors 24 hours per day, 365 days per year to investigate reports of Child Abuse or Neglect made to the State Central Register.

Business Hours:  Monday - Friday  9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Phone:  (845) 486-3220
Fax:  (845) 486-3238


     Child Abuse Hotline     800-342-3720

     Child Abuse Hotline for Mandated Sources     800-635-1522  

     Child Abuse Hotline for Out-of-State Calls     (518) 474-8740