You can make a positive difference in the life of child by becoming a foster parent or adopting.
To talk to us about becoming a foster care or adoptive parent, call 845-486-3220 or email FosterCare@DutchessNY.gov.
Foster Care provides children age newborn to 21 with temporary, safe, loving homes, when their own families are unable to care for them.
Were you adopted and are now looking for your birth parents or your birth records?
If born and adopted in New York State and are over the age of 18, you have the right under NYS law to request and receive your own pre-adoption birth records. You can reach out to the Adoptive & Foster Family Coalition, regardless of the state in which you were born. Visit https://affcny.org/family-supports/navigating-relationships/finding-family-with-adoption-records-in-new-york/ or call their helpline at: 1-888-354-1342.
DCFSinfo@dutchessny.gov should not be used to submit applications or case documents as we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of these document submissions. Please use NYdocsubmit (mobile phone application) or visit www.MyBenefits.NY.gov.
Only paperwork is accepted on Wednesdays for Temporary Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, and HEAP (No in-person client interviews)