Click on the links below to learn more about programs and services administered by AHS departments and community partners that support safety and stability for families.
Adult and Child Safety: Prevention & Protection
- Adult Protection from Abuse & Neglect
- Child Protection from Abuse & Neglect
- Child Protection Line
REPORT CHILD ABUSE: If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call Vermont's Child Protection Line to report it (24 hours a day, 7 days a week): 1-800-649-5285.
If a child is in immediate danger, dial 911 or the local police first. Then, call to make a report.
- Child Protection Registry: Information and resources related to substantiation of abuse reports
- Child Abuse Prevention: Find information and resources about how to create safety and prevent abuse
- Prevent Sexual Abuse: Steps we can all take to keep children safe from sexual abuse
- Protective Factors: Factors that can help to reduce the likelihood of child abuse
- Resources for Parents: Resources for parents, from public benefits to parenting tips
- Safe Havens in VT: Vermont’s Baby Safe Haven Law offers you safe places you can give up your baby—anonymously and legally
- Safe Sleep for Babies: Tips for providing a safe sleeping environment for your baby
- Shaken Baby Syndrome: What happens when an infant or small child is violently shaken
- Child Protection Line
- Office of Child Support: Help for parents, guardians, and employers with issues related to child support
- Work4Kids: Work4Kids helps parents to find and keep good paying jobs so they can meet their child support obligations
Foster Care & Adoption
- Foster Care and Adoption: Learn more about how to foster a child, adopt a child, or help in other ways
- Foster Kin Care Mentor Program: This program pairs new foster parents with experienced ones who are trained as mentors.
- Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership: University of Vermont & Department for Children and Families Partnership to provide education, training, and supports to kin, foster, and adoptive families.
Explore the Department for Children and Families website, particularly the Family Services Division and Office of Child Support, as well as the Department for Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living Adult Protective Services Division for more information about family support & safety programs.
Almost all AHS programs support families in some way. If the resources listed on this page aren't what you were looking for, take a look at our other programs and services.