Social Services (DCFS):Children's Services:Adoption and Homefinding

Adoption and Home Finding

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


The Adoption and Home Finding Unit is responsible for recruiting, training and certifying foster and adoptive applicants.

Foster Care Provides children age newborn to 21 with temporary, safe, loving homes when their own families are unable to care for them. Foster parents become part of a countywide team working together to support, nurture, and protect children. 

Thinking about becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent?

Basic Requirements:

  • You must be at least 21 years old
  • You can be married, single, or living in partnership
  • Have your own source of income 
  • Have a bed for each child
  • Have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Provide a safe and healthy home
  • Each person in the home 18 years or older must be fingerprinted and cleared through the Child Abuse Registry, FBI and Justice Center Registry.

Click Here for more information about becoming a foster or adoptive parent for Dutchess County, or call 845-486-3230.