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Foster Care & Adoption

Open Your Heart, Open Your Home

You can make a positive difference in the life of child by becoming a foster parent or adopting.

Who Can Qualify and Become A Foster or Adoptive Parent? 

  • 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

To talk to us about becoming a foster care or adoptive parent, call 845-486-3220 or email

Foster Care

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.
  • Becoming a Foster Parent is not a lifetime commitment to a child, it is a commitment that will have a meaningful impact on a child’s life.  

What are the Steps To Become A Foster Parent?

  • Attend one of our monthly Orientation Meetings 
  • Complete and return the Agency’s Registration Form 
  • Attend a 10-week Foster/Adoptive Parent training program
  • Have a Home Study completed by our agency

What Support is Provided to the Foster Parents?

  • A stipend for food, clothing, and board, based on the child’s age and need for special services 
  • Medicaid Managed Care insurance for the child  
  • Payment for daycare for working parents 
  • Support from individual caseworker 
  • Ongoing training to learn about caring for children in foster care

Who Are The Children Who Come Into Foster Care?

  • They are between the ages of newborn and 18 They can be any ethnicity  
  • They are from Dutchess County  
  • They may have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect, or maltreatment.  
  • They may have been voluntarily placed by their parents who themselves were unable to provide for them.  
  • They may have special physical and/or emotional needs  
  • They may be very intelligent or need special schooling 
  • They may be a single child or be with their siblings


Visit the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Adopt A Child web page for more information regarding the legal regulations in New York State.


  • 845-486-3000
  • 845-486-3090
  • Department of Community and Family Services (DCFS)
    60 Market Street
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Monday - Friday, 9 am-5:00 pm
    (Doors open at 8:30am)

Additional DCFS Locations

Only paperwork is accepted on Wednesdays for  Temporary Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, and HEAP  (No in-person client interviews)