The Office of Adoptions was created January 1, 1997, to streamline the state's adoption program and to increase the rate of adoptions for children meeting the Department of Human Services definition of children with special needs who are in the permanent custody of DHS.
Child care assistance for families with low incomes, families receiving temporary public assistance, and families transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care so that the adults can work or attend education or training programs.
Child Protective Services staff investigates reports of child abuse or neglect and provides services to protect the child and strengthen the family.
Every child needs to be treasured, protected and nurtured. Unfortunately, some parents can't -- or won't -- care for their children. When they neglect or abuse them, someone must step in to ensure the children's safety. That's the job of DFCS, along with the police and the courts.