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

Child Protective Services

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

Child Protective Services is responsible for investigations of abuse and/or neglect of children under 18 years of age. Staff are available seven days a week, 24 hours per day to investigate reports received through the State Central Register for Child Abuse (1-800-342-3720).

Case Managers are responsible for making determinations regarding all reports received and referring families for follow up services to keep children safe and reduce the risk of future abuse or neglect. These services may include but are not limited to counseling for children and adults, substance abuse treatment, and/or domestic violence services. Case Managers may also need to file petitions to seek Family Court orders of protection, court-ordered services for the family, and/or authority to place a child in foster care.

Three employees are members on the Dutchess County Child Sexual Abuse Team, which conducts joint Sexual Abuse investigations with police departments and the District Attorney.

The Sex Abuse Team operates out of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in the Child Abuse Prevention Center’s offices in Poughkeepsie.

Department of Community & Family Services (DCFS) helps to fund the CAC and also has a member on a child fatality review team, which is coordinated by the Child Abuse Prevention Center. Here, representatives from various agencies including the District Attorney’s Office and the Medical Examiner, review child fatalities that occur in the County.

We also contract with the Child Abuse Prevention Center for a Parent Empowerment Program, community education and information and referral services. Family Services, Inc. is contracted to treat sex abuse perpetrators. Astor provides a contracted treatment team for sexually abused children and for juveniles who have committed sexual offenses. The team provides training in child sexual abuse and treatment modalities for both victims and offenders.

Telephone:  (845) 486-3070 -or- (845) 486-3080
Fax:  (845) 486-3111