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Report child abuse or neglect 

Learn what to do if you know or suspect a child is being abused or neglected. If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

Foster Care 

Foster care provides a safe, loving home for children until they can be reunited with their families.

DCF Partners 

Many people work with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to help keep children safe and well.

Adolescent Services 

DCF is committed to providing adolescent services that encourage positive youth development and empowerment.

Department of Children & Families Public Records 

DCF has a designated RAO who will receive and respond to your public records requests.

Fair Hearing Unit 

The Fair Hearing Unit conducts Administrative Appeals regarding certain decisions made by the Department.

Working at DCF 

The Department of Children and Families seeks dedicated child welfare professionals

Questions about a DCF case 

The Office of the Ombudsman is available to answer questions about your DCF case, DCF policy and practices, and respond to concerns you may have.

Adopting from DCF 

Adoption provides a permanent, supportive home for a child.

DCF Foster Care Review Volunteer 

You can volunteer your time to help foster children in the Commonwealth. Please review the information on these pages and consider becoming a foster care review volunteer.

Baby Safe Haven 


For DCF provider agencies 

DCF allows contacted provider agencies to access and enter data into its information technology system, i-FamilyNet.